After a leaked draft ruling revealing that the US Supreme Court intends to overturn Roe v. Wade, Destiny 2 studio Bungie issued a statement saying that “supports essential health rights’‘ and is “committed to safeguarding the freedom and privacy of its employees.” He also took the opportunity to roast some Twitter followers who demanded that the studio “stick to making video games”.
The Decision Roe v. wade, published in 1973, determined that women in the US have a constitutionally protected right to abortion, with some limitations based on the trimester. The case was triggered by a Texas law that prohibited all access to abortion, except in cases where the mother’s life was threatened; the court ruled that the law violated the due process clause of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution. (she there’s a good explainer if you want to dig a little deeper.)
The decision has withstood criticism and modification in the years since, but earlier this week Political revealed that the Supreme Court plans to overturn it, returning the decision on the criminality of abortion to individual states. John Roberts later confirmed that the leaked draft is lawfulthough not necessarily final.
The Guttmacher Institute, a “research and policy organization committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights around the world,” estimated in April that 26 U.S. states “certainly or likely” will impose abortion bans if Roe v. Wade is knocked down. This impending loss of access to medical services (which, to be fair, was never good to begin with) is what sparked Bungie’s statement.
“At Bungie, we believe that everyone has the right to choose their own path and that freedom is expressed in all facets of life,” he said. “The leaked draft US Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade represents a blow to freedom in America and is a direct attack on human rights.
“By creating a divide between those who have the fundamental right to make the health decisions that are right for them, and those who do not, this decision, if it becomes final, will have far-reaching consequences that will be felt by generations across all socioeconomic lines.”
Unsurprisingly, there was some backlash against the statement on Twitter from followers who urged the studio to avoid politics and focus on making games. Bungie, to its credit, wasn’t taking it.
It is very relevant to the lives of our employees. We will never stop.May 4, 2022
We chose our side and it wasn’t difficult. Our company values exist beyond our games.May 4, 2022
“Bungie is committed to protecting the freedom and privacy of its employees and providing support to all employees affected by this decision,” Bungie wrote. “Defending choice and reproductive freedom is not a difficult decision to make, and Bungie remains dedicated to upholding those values.”
This isn’t the first time Bungie has publicly championed a worthwhile cause: in 2020, it issued a Black Lives Matter pin and the “Be Heard” emblem to raise funds for the Equal Justice Initiative, and earlier this year the Bungie Foundation raised $120,000 to support humanitarian aid charities in Ukraine. Bungie did not indicate whether it plans to take similar concrete steps to support health rights charities in the US, but it did provide links to four organizations for whom it wants to make their own donations:
I’ve reached out to Bungie for more information and will update if I get a response.