DGA beats Roe vs. Wade Overturn, will provide financial aid

The guild joins Disney, Amazon and other Hollywood executives in offering to pay for employees traveling to states where abortion is legal.

The US Supreme Court building

The US Supreme Court building

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Following the Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade by finding that abortion is not a federally protected right under current law, industry leaders have spoken out against the decision. The most recent is the Directors Guild of America, which issued a statement strongly opposing the ruling.

“Today’s BGH judgment is a huge step backwards for our country and endangers the lives of women,” said DGA President Lesli Linka Glatter. “It denies countless women the most basic of their human rights – the right to autonomy over their own bodies. We are committed to ensuring that our members continue to have access and opportunity to make their own reproductive choices and determine the path they take in their own lives. We condemn this verdict in the strongest possible terms and express our solidarity with so many others who are denouncing this farce.”

The DGA also approved a new policy on Friday that will provide financial support to guild members who wish to travel across state lines to access abortions. The organization joins Disney, Netflix, United Talent Agency, Amazon and other entertainment companies and organizations in offering financial assistance to employees who need abortions in states where the procedure could soon become illegal.

“As threats to women’s reproductive rights increase, we are introducing an important new benefit,” United Talent Agency CEO Jeremy Zimmer wrote in an internal memo. “We do this to support the right to vote, which has been a bedrock of established law for nearly half a century.”

Disney executives shared a similar sentiment with their employees in an internal email on Friday.

“We have processes in place so that an employee who may not be able to access care in one location has affordable coverage to receive similar care elsewhere. This travel benefit covers medical situations related to cancer treatments, transplants, rare disease treatments and family planning (including pregnancy-related decisions),” wrote Paul Richardson, Disney’s chief human resources officer, and Pascale Thomas, vice president of enterprise benefits and well-being .

You can find more reactions to today’s verdict from Hollywood here.

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Lindsay Lowe

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