Psychonauts developer Double Fine Productions has spoken out against the US Supreme Court's plans to overturn the Roe vs Wade ruling, which will allow states to ban abortions. It is only the second major video game developer to publicly criticize this move, joining Destiny 2 developer, Bungie.
"We at Double Fine Productions stand steadfast in our support of essential healthcare rights for all," Double Fine said a statement on Twitter. "We firmly believe that a decision to overturn Roe vs Wade would deny people their human rights, and directly impact the lives, freedoms, and choices of everyone in this country. For those who are able we will encourage donating to an organization that will stand up for these rights."
Expectedly, this statement was met with mixed reactions in the comments, with some people praising Double Fine's stance, others disparaging it, and a small amount only bothering to talk about Psychonauts.
The Roe vs Wade ruling, which was issued in 1973, states that women in the United States have the constitutional right to abortion. Earlier in the week, Politico received a draft of the ruling to overturn Roe vs Wade, essentially removing women's constitutional right to have a safe abortion. While the draft was legitimate, it still may not be final – but considering the aim of the ruling, it seems unlikely to change in any positive way.
Bungie was the first video game developer to speak out about this issue via a statement published a few days ago. "By creating a divide between those who possess the fundamental right to make healthcare decisions that are right for them, and those who do not possess that same freedom, this decision, should it become final, will have far-reaching consequences that will be felt for generations across socio-economic lines," said the statement. "Bungie is committed to safeguarding the freedom and privacy of its employees and providing support to all employees affected by this decision."
The studio also put out a list of relevant charities that support rights to healthcare:
- URGE (Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity)
- Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
- NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation
- In Our Own Voice
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