Published: Sun, May 12, 2019
Culture | By Margie Dunn

3 production companies boycott Georgia after abortion ban

3 production companies boycott Georgia after abortion ban

"But we have our values, and we're going to protect our values. That's what makes our state great".

The state of Georgia's controversial new abortion bill is causing outrage throughout the us, and two Hollywood heavyweights are stepping up to lend their voices in opposition.

But the man who signed the bill, Governor Brian Kemp, was unrepentant.

They say the bill could put woman's lives in danger or even mean a woman who gets an illegal abortion being sent to prison for life.

Busy Philippsbroke down on her talk show Busy Tonight as she opened up about an abortion she had as a teenager.

The three production companies, Wire creator David Simon's Blown Deadline, Killer Films and Duplass Brothers Productions have yet to shoot projects in Georgia but said they have no plans to do so now that the controversial bill has passed.

Christine Vachon's Killer Films, producer of the Oscar-nominated movie Carol and the Oscar-winning Still Alice will no longer shoot in Georgia.

Hollywood blockbusters Black Panther and The Hunger Games series were filmed there, as were the programmes Stranger Things and The Walking Dead.

Georgia lawmakers know they'll have to spend money to legally defend the state's new abortion ban, but it could cost the state plenty more than that. The boycott is a big deal because, according to the state's website, more top-grossing films are produced in Georgia than anywhere else in the world.

"It is important to remember that similar legislation has been attempted in other states, and has either been enjoined by the courts or now being challenged", MPAA spokesman Chris Ortman told the publication earlier this week.

And now, several production companies have declared their intent to move productions out of Georgia due to the law. The Busy Tonight host fought back tears as she continued. Kemp said this year that it employs about 200,000 Georgians and brings in billions of dollars in revenue to the state each year.

Regardless, Kemp said he won't be bullied by Hollywood elites.

"I can't govern because I'm anxious about what someone in Hollywood thinks about me", Kemp said, according to a report by CBN News.

"It's a historic day for Georgia, for Georgia families, and for those precious unborn babies", state Rep. Ginny Ehrhart, one of HB 481's cosponsors, added on Fox & Friends Tuesday morning. At least 15 states have introduced similar measures.

OH passed a similarly restrictive law in 2016 which was vetoed by the governor.

The 39-year-old, who rose to fame in Dawson's Creek, chose to share her own experience while discussing her concerns about the US State of Georgia's six-week abortion plan, announced earlier this week.

Both red- and blue-state legislatures seem to be anticipating the likelihood that a Supreme Court ruling will ultimately overturn the federal Roe v. Wade law and designate abortion as something to be determined by individual states.

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