Production Companies Won't Film In Georgia After Passage Of Controversial 'Heartbeat Bill'

Erika Holt
May 11, 2019

Under the law, an abortion cannot be performed if a fetal heartbeat is detected, which could be as soon as six weeks.

The Savannah Regional Film Office said spending from the entertainment industry in the city of Savannah, one of Georgia's largest, totaled more than $120 million previous year.

Milano is an outspoken activist who often speaks about the Time's Up and #MeToo movements, among others, and previously called on productions to no longer film in Georgia following Kemp's controversial election amid accusations of voter suppression previous year. If not blocked by the court, the ban will take effect on January 1, 2020.

Michelle Wilson, Program Manager for Women Engaged, speaks during an anti-abortion rally outside of the Georgia State Capitol building following the signing of HB 481 in Atlanta, Tuesday, May 7, 2019.

This week, the LIFE backlash universe expanded with the heads of three independent film companies pledging to boycott all future work in Georgia until LIFE is repealed. The law was signed Tuesday.

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"Most of the men writing these bills don't know the first thing about a woman's body outside of the things they want from it", Ocasio-Cortez wrote.

David Simon's Blown Deadline Productions said it won't travel to Georgia for The Wire and The Deuce. "Our comparative assessments of locations for upcoming development will pull Georgia off the list until we can be assured the health options and civil liberties of our female colleagues are unimpaired".

"If you were sexually assaulted (stress delays cycle), took a morning-after pill (throws off cycle), or have an irregular cycle, you'd have no idea", she wrote.

Other organizations have been vowing to challenge Georgia's law since before it was passed. Similar "heartbeat" bills have already surfaced in other states, and in Kentucky, Ohaio, and MS were signed into law, with the primary goal of having them legally challenged and trickle all the way up to the Supreme Court. The outcome in Georgia will also be determined through the legal process. "We will always continue to fight for life", according to AP. "We can not change our values of who we are for money. That's what makes our state great".

While states like NY pass horrific extreme abortion laws and states like Kansas strike down common-sense pro-life laws in order to allow dismemberment abortions, the state of Georgia has taken the righteous stand to protect babies from the moment a heartbeat is detected. Cases of rape, incest, or if the life of the mother is in danger are exceptions to the law.

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