Bungie, Ubisoft, Bethesda, EA, and others speak out in support of abortion rights in the US

The Supreme Court of the United States voted to overturn Roe v Wade (opens in new tab) today, officially bringing to an end 50 years of constitutionally-protected access to abortion. A handful of US states had legal triggers in place that banned abortion (opens in new tab) immediately, and more are expected to follow. The decision deals a devastating blow to fundamental human rights in the country: As Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan write in a gut-wrenching dissenting opinion (opens in new tab)the end of Roe v. Wade represents “the curtailment of women’s rights, and of their status as free and equal citizens.”

When the intent to overrule Roe v. Wade was initially leaked in early May, the response from the games industry was relatively quiet compared to how openly studios have publicized their support for social issues like trans rights (opens in new tab)Black Lives Matter (opens in new tab)and the Russian invasion of Ukraine (opens in new tab)† Destiny 2 developer Bungie quickly released a statement saying it “supports essential healthcare rights (opens in new tab),” and Psychonauts studio Double Fine (opens in new tab) soon followed; Sony Interactive Entertainment chief Jim Ryan (opens in new tab)on the other hand, came under fire for trying to paper about the whole thing with cat pictures.

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