Hollywood May Boycott Georgia After It Passes Bill to Ban Abortions

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Mar 27, 2019   |   5:57PM   |   Washington, DC

An influential Hollywood group put pressure on Georgia lawmakers Tuesday to reject a bill protecting unborn babies from abortion once their heartbeats are detectable.

The Writers Guilds of America East and West slammed the bill as “draconian” and said it could cause many in the film industry to leave the state, Breitbart reports. Georgia is a popular filming location for TV and movies.

The state Senate passed the heartbeat bill (House Bill 481) on Monday. It would ban abortions on an unborn baby after their heartbeat is detectable, around six weeks. It would allow exceptions for rape, incest and threats to the mother’s life. In addition, the bill would allow parents to claim unborn babies as dependents on their taxes and include the unborn baby in census data. It also would allow mothers to collect child support for pregnancy and delivery costs from the father prior to the baby’s birth.

The bill recently drew the attention of actress/abortion activist Alyssa Milano (pictured), who encouraged Hollywood to boycott the state for being pro-life.

The Writers Guilds statement followed a few days later.

“HB 481 is a draconian anti-choice measure that would in essence constitute a state-wide ban on abortion since a fetal heartbeat is usually detectable approximately six weeks into a pregnancy, before many women are aware they are pregnant or have had reasonable time to consider their options,” the guild said in a statement Tuesday.

“This law would make Georgia an inhospitable place for those in the film and television industry to work, including our members,” it continued. “If the Georgia Legislature and Gov. Kemp make HB 481 law, it is entirely possible that many of those in our industry will either want to leave the state or decide not to bring productions there. Such is the potential cost of a blatant attack on every woman’s right to control her own body.”

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The guild urged Gov. Brian Kemp to veto the bill, but Kemp is solidly pro-life.

Kemp told WTOC News 11 that the pressure from Hollywood will not change his mind, and he will sign the bill if it reaches his desk.

“I do not think it will hurt the film industry in Georgia or any other business whatsoever,” Kemp said. “Us sticking up for our Georgia values and protecting life is not going to protect a bad business environment in Georgia, I can promise you.”

The Hill reports films such as “The Hunger Games” and TV shows like “The Walking Dead” and “Stranger Things” were filmed in Georgia. More than 450 productions were shot in Georgia in 2018, according to state data.

Pro-life lawmakers have introduced a number of heartbeat bills this year including in Florida, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

Some pro-lifers have renewed hope that the new conservative-majority U.S. Supreme Court will uphold an abortion ban and overturn Roe v. Wade. Others, however, are hesitant because of concerns about losing the court battle and being forced to reimburse pro-abortion groups for their legal fees.

Recently, a federal judge blocked Kentucky’s new heartbeat bill.