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.
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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