Members of the unscripted community who wish to register their opposition to Texas Senate Bill 8 will have the opportunity to convey their sentiments during the Realscreen Summit in Austin, January 25-28.
The controversial bill, dubbed the “Heartbeat Bill” effectively bans abortions and deputizes ordinary citizens as bounty hunters for reporting anyone who defies the Bill. Moreover, anyone found to be helping a woman receive an abortion is subject to a $10,000 fine.
I have heard from several groups and individuals in our community that are outraged by this turn of events and we cannot turn a blind eye to what is happening in Texas. Venues for large events such as the Summit must be secured years in advance, which makes last minute location changes infeasible. In most cases, it would mean choosing to cancel the event altogether, which we do not feel is in the best interests of the Realscreen community. Instead we are going to support a number of initiatives that will underscore the community’s commitment to women’s rights, as is evident in the feedback we have received thus far.
Realscreen will make a donation to the Lilith Fund whose mission is to “provide financial assistance and emotional support while building community spaces for people who need abortions in Texas—unapologetically, with compassion and conviction.” The donation will be based on $10 per paid delegate and will be presented upon the conclusion of the event. Any organization or individual interested in bolstering the donation is encouraged to reach out to me at email@example.com
Realscreen also commits to sharing information on various activities as they are developed, allowing individuals the opportunity to participate in them if they so choose.
If the current situation in Texas had been the reality at the time we were looking for a new location for the event, it most certainly would have impacted our decision. Realscreen does not in any way condone Senate Bill 8, and fiercely supports women’s rights.