Headlines are popping up all across the news about Hollywood elites boycotting Georgia because of its new pro-life law.
But in reality, only a few film and TV projects have stopped working in the pro-life state, according to Breitbart.
Whether more will jump on board with actress Alyssa Milano’s boycott remains to be seen, but, for now, the numbers are small.
Those saying they will boycott the state include actress Kristen Wiig, Amazon Prime’s “The Power” producer/director Reed Morano, “Bridesmaids” actress Annie Mumolo, David Simon’s Blown Deadline, Killer Films and Duplass Brothers Productions, according to Think Progress.
“Ozark” star/producer Jason Bateman said he will not do business in Georgia if the heartbeat law survives a legal challenge, according to the report. “Star Wars” producer J.J. Abrams and director Jordan Peele said they will continue to do business there but will donate money from their next production to several pro-abortion groups.
According to Fox News: “The backlash has been limited, to smaller production companies, like Color Force (Crazy Rich Asians), Killer Films (First Reformed), The Wire creator David Simon of Blown Deadline Productions (HBO’s The Deuce) and the Duplass Brothers Productions (HBO’s Room 104).”
Georgia is a popular filming location for TV and movies because of tax breaks.
Earlier this spring, dozens of liberal celebrities, including “Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill, said they plan boycott the state because of the heartbeat law. It is unclear if they will follow through with the threat, though. Milano also is urging women to go on a “sex strike” to protest.
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Some companies opposed the pro-life measure as well, including Amazon.com and Coca-Cola Co., The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports.
Earlier this month, Gov. Brian Kemp signed the heartbeat bill into law.
The Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act 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 Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act … recognizes something that many have know for years. It recognizes that science tells us that children in the womb are living, distinct human beings that are worthy of full legal protection,” Kemp said during the signing ceremony.
AL.com reports the ACLU of Georgia responded immediately afterward with plans to sue to block the law.
“Every federal court that has heard a challenge to a similar ban has ruled that it’s unconstitutional,” spokesman Sean Young said.
Kemp acknowledged the possibility of a lawsuit when he signed the law, the Huffington Post reports.
“I realize some may challenge it in the court of law,” the governor said. “But our job is to do what is right, not what is easy.”
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. In January, a judge also declared Iowa’s heartbeat law unconstitutional. North Dakota and Arkansas passed heartbeat bills several years ago, but federal courts struck down their laws as well.
There is more hope that the U.S. Supreme Court may consider an abortion ban, but it is difficult to say if it would for certain – especially after Chief Justice John Roberts recently sided with the liberal justices on an abortion case.