EA Won't Comment on Potential Collapse of Abortion Rights in US

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Electronic Arts told employees it wouldn't comment on the leaked draft Supreme Court decision that would eliminate the right to an abortion established in Roe v. Wade, Kotaku reported Wednesday.

In a company-wide town hall meeting held Tuesday, EA told employees the company couldn't make a public statement on every issue, and that "being an inclusive company means being inclusive of all those points of view."

Employees at the town hall also called on EA to make a statement in support of trans rights in the wake of Texas ordering gender-affirming healthcare for minors be investigated as "child abuse."

Chief People Officer Mala Singh said the company would only take a public stand when it would "actually have a positive impact."

"The thing about the world today is there is a lot of division, we know this right, we see it every single day, but the thing that unites us is that we're all here to make amazing games and experiences for our players, and that is how we have the most positive impact on the world," Singh said. "These things are hard and they're personal and we all have our own perspectives and sometimes we won't speak, and that will be upsetting and I understand that, we really do."

Several video game companies have made statements in support of abortion and trans rights, including Bungie and Microsoft. Some have also announced new ways they would support employees who live in states hostile to getting abortion care.

On the other hand, Sony caught heat after PlayStation head Jim Ryan asked staff to respect "differences of opinion" on abortion. After internal pressure, the company eventually matched a $50,000 donation made by its studio Insomniac to an abortion charity.