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Why Some Video Game Companies Are Staying Silent on Abortion

WIRED

When Roe v. Wade was overturned, Team Meat, creator of classic platformer Super Meat Boy, had one thing to say: "The Supreme Court can go fuck itself." It's been little more than a week since the court handed down its landmark ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, ending the legal right to abortion in the United States. A person's ability to get the healthcare they need will now be determined by a patchwork of state-by-state laws and policies. Team Meat's tweet, composed by the company's social media manager, is the organization's official stance on the matter. "Everyone at Team Meat stands by this fully," cofounder Tommy Refenes tells WIRED.


US allies condemn abortion ruling; Blinken and his UN ambassador join critics

FOX News

Fox News contributor Jonathan Turley reveals what the Supreme Court's reversal of Roe v. Wade means for state authority over abortion law on'Hannity.' "As Secretary of State, I usually avoid commenting on Supreme Court rulings," America's top diplomat Antony Blinken announced in a statement. "But today's decision overturning Roe v. Wade has raised understandable questions and concerns across the world and within our [the Department of State's] workforce." Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, also took the Supreme Court to task for its ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson's Women's Health Organization. Demonstrators gather in front of the U.S. Supreme Court as the justices hear arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health, a case about a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks, Dec. 1, 2021, in Washington, D.C. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) "The Supreme Court has taken away the established, fundamental, constitutional right to abortion from millions of Americans. This is a cruel, dark and dangerous decision," Thomas-Greenfield said.


Washington Post accused of activism for urging video game companies to take a stand on Roe v. Wade

FOX News

'Special Report' All-Star Panel reacts to the Senate voting to block a bill that would'codify' abortion nationwide. The Washington Post is facing accusations of activism over a report urging video game companies to take a stand on Roe v. Wade as the Supreme Court mulls overturning the decades-long precedent protecting the legalization of abortions on a federal level. On Wednesday, video game reporters Nathan Grayson and Shannon Liao penned a piece with the headline, "As Roe v. Wade repeal looms, video game industry stays mostly silent," documenting how giants in the gaming world are largely staying out of the abortion debate. The article began by citing Bungie, the "Destiny 2" studio owned by Sony that published a statement "in support of reproductive rights" that decried the overturning of Roe v. Wade among other studios and indie developers. The reporters appeared to side with the company as it faced viral backlash from critics, writing, "Bungie, for its part, stood firm."


Republicans rejoice, Democrats rage after Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

FOX News

Fox News' chief legal correspondent Shannon Bream provides details on the Supreme Court's ruling that reverses the long-standing precedent on abortion in America. Republicans and Democrats had polar opposite reactions to the Supreme Court's decision Friday in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health, which overturned Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, sending the issue back to the states. "We end this opinion where we began. Abortion presents a profound moral question. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives," Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the court's opinion.


US House votes to restore abortion rights after end of Roe

Al Jazeera

The US House of Representatives has voted to restore abortion rights across the country, after the nation's highest court last month overturned its landmark Roe v Wade decision, setting off protests and calls for action from lawmakers. The Democratic-controlled House passed the bill with 219 votes in favour and 210 against on Friday afternoon, but it has little chance of becoming law because it lacks the necessary support in the evenly divided Senate. The effort is the latest example of the post-Roe reality in the United States, where legislators, lawyers, civil rights groups and many others have weighed in on the debate over abortion access and reproductive healthcare. "A woman's health decisions are her own to make, not to be dictated by far-right politicians," Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tweeted ahead of Friday's vote. She hailed the bill as "strong, focused legislation to once again make the central protections of Roe v. Wade the law of the land" and said House Democrats "will continue fighting ferociously to defend Americans' fundamental freedoms".