Texas’ restrictive abortion law has officially made its impact on the local film scene. David Simon, creator of the acclaimed series “The Wire,” says he cannot in good faith shoot his new HBO project in the Lone Star State after new legislation was passed banning abortion six weeks after a conception — a period before many women know they are pregnant.
While further details of Simon’s series have not been confirmed, the Baltimore-based author and television writer hinted in a tweet Monday that he is planning to film the show in a city that looks like Dallas-Fort Worth rather than actually on location.
“This is beyond politics,” Simon tweeted. “I’m turning in scripts next month on an HBO non-fiction miniseries based on events in Texas, but I can’t and won’t ask female cast/crew to forgo civil liberties to film there. What else looks like Dallas/Ft. Worth?”
Again, this isn’t about boycotts per se — I doubt it would be possible for one to gain enough traction to make a difference, and it would have to be done in collaboration with locals in any case. The issue here is the ethics of making employees move to work in or professionally visit a place where they could be denied appropriate medical care or get sued if they’ve ever given a donation to Planned Parenthood, which are very shaky.