'The Wire' creator David Simon pulls new HBO show from Texas over new abortion law

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David Simon, creator of the critically-acclaimed TV series “The Wire,” is pulling his next television project out of the state of Texas, where it was originally-set to be filmed, in reaction to the Lone Star State’s new law concerning abortion.

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The law prohibits abortions after six weeks of pregnancy and allows private citizens to sue anyone who helps a woman with an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is present.

Simon announced his decision in a tweet, saying, “As an employer, this is beyond politics. 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?”

Simon continued to engage on Twitter with people who criticized his decision with often-profane responses.

Those who were critical included the Dallas Films & Creative Industries Office, who took the time to respond on Twitter.

Simon answered them as well.

The new Texas law is now one of the country’s most restrictive regarding abortions.

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