Sony reportedly “disapproves” of PlayStation Studios reproduction rights statements

Sony reportedly does not approve any PlayStation studios’ reproductive rights statements. These include Guerrilla Games, Naughty Dog, and Insomniac. The topic of abortion has recently been brought up for discussion again after a Supreme Court ruling.

The news comes from Insomniac president Ted Price, who told employees last week that Sony “will not endorse any studio statement about reproductive rights.” Insomniac has previously pledged $50,000 to the Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project. Sony has agreed to double this donation as part of the PlayStation Cares program, but the company currently does not allow public statements about abortion from subsidiaries.


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While most are silent on the subject, some studios, including Bungie and Double Fine, have been open about supporting reproductive rights. Price was apparently asked by several workers to make a statement along the same lines.

“In terms of our freedom of expression, while we have a lot of autonomy that is often taken for granted, there are times when we have to recognize that we are part of a larger organization. For the most part, our ability to Tweet has been unfettered. However, there are rare moments when we’re in opposition (like this week) and Sony has the last word.” Studio workers are expressly prohibited from expressing their views on Twitter.

Price described how “there would be material consequences for us as a wholly owned subsidiary” if Insomniac went against Sony’s guidelines. “Among other things, any progress we could make in changing its approach would be halted.” The director further said that “we are also likely to be severely restricted from doing important public work in the future.” Price has apparently filed a “nearly 60 page” petition to Head of Studios on PlayStation Hermen Hulst, calling on Sony to “do better with workers directly affected”.

This comes in the wake of several controversial comments about abortion by Sony Chief Executive Officer Jim Ryan. The CEO sparked outrage last week by telling employees that “we owe it to each other and to the millions of PlayStation users to respect differences of opinion between everyone in our internal and external communities.” The executive went on to say that “respect does not equal agreement. But it is fundamental to who we are as a company and as a valued global brand.” This was seen as trivial by many workers, who soon hit back in protest.

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