Psychonaut studio Double Fine Productions has joined Bungie to express support for “essential health rights” for women following the leak of an editorial decision earlier this week that revealed the U.S. Supreme Court’s plans to overturn Roe v. Wade later this year.
“We at Double Fine Productions are steadfast in our support of essential health rights for all,” the studio said in a message on twitter. “We firmly believe that a decision to overthrow Roe v Wade would deny people their human rights and directly impact the lives, freedoms and choices of everyone in this country.
“For those who can, we will encourage donating to an organization that defends these rights.”
Issued in 1973, the Roe v Wade decision stated that women in the United States have, with certain restrictions, the constitutionally protected right to abortion. The decision was highly controversial and faced criticism and concerted opposition in the half century since, but it remained the law of the land. Earlier this week, however, an editorial decision was leaked to Political revealed that the court intends to overturn the decision. Chief Justice John Roberts later confirmed that the leaked draft is lawfulthough not necessarily final.
We at Double Fine Productions are steadfast in our support of essential health rights for all. pic.twitter.com/WA5wdntaWKMay 6, 2022
Bungie was the first major game studio to speak out in support of Roe v Wade, saying the plan to overturn the decision “deals a blow to freedom in America and is a direct attack on human rights”. It also encouraged followers to donate to relevant charities by providing links to four:
Bungie has faced some backlash from followers for declaring its stance in favor of women’s health, but so far the reaction to Double Fine’s tweet seems more broadly positive. That may be, at least in part, why Double Fine boss Tim Schafer has never been shy about expressing his views on current events and politics. During a speech at the 2019 GDC Awards (via game industry), for example, he said “Fuck white supremacists,” adding, “I find it sad that racists and other hate dealers feel safe in any space remotely connected to video games, and I think we all have an opportunity in our work, in our daily lives, and on our platforms big and small, to make it absolutely clear that we don’t condone any of this crap.”
While Bungie and Double Fine have encouraged their followers to donate to charities that support women’s health rights, neither studio has indicated whether they will make donations to directly support them. I’ve reached out to both studios for comment and will update if I get a response.