Legendary actor/director Clint Eastwood is staying out of abortion politics this summer as he prepares to film his new movie in Georgia.
Dozens of other celebrities and film companies said they will boycott the state if its new heartbeat law goes into effect. The law prohibits abortions on unborn babies once their heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks. Gov. Brian Kemp signed the law in May despite Hollywood celebrities’ threats.
NBC Charlotte reports Eastwood is not participating in the boycott; instead, he plans to start production on “The Ballad of Richard Jewell” this summer in Atlanta.
So far, none of the prominent actors in the film have mentioned anything about the boycott either, according to the report. They include Kathy Bates, Olivia Wilde, Jon Hamm and Sam Rockwell. Wilde has advocated for abortion in the past.
11 Alive reports the film is based on the story of a security guard who police identified as a possible suspect in the bombing during the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta, Georgia.
Georgia is a popular filming location for TV and movies because of its generous tax breaks. Disney recently filmed “Avengers: Endgame” and “Black Panther” there, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Eastwood also has worked on films in Georgia in the past.
Disney, Netflix and many of the major news channels have said they will consider boycotting the state if the heartbeat law goes into effect. The abortion industry is challenging the pro-life law in court, and many expect the courts will block the state from enforcing the law.
Actress Alyssa Milano has been pushing for a boycott for months. In response, dozens of liberal celebrities, including “Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill, said they plan boycott the state because of its pro-life law. Milano also is urging women to go on a “sex strike” to protest.
Some companies opposed the pro-life measure as well, including Amazon.com and Coca-Cola Co., The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports.
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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 ACLU said it will sue to block the law in court.
Kemp commented on the Hollywood boycott plans in May.
“I understand that some folks don’t like this new law. I’m fine with that,” the Republican governor told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “We’re elected to do what’s right – and standing up for precious life is always the right thing to do. We are the party of freedom and opportunity. We value and protect innocent life — even though that makes C-list celebrities squawk.”
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