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Hollywood actors threaten to boycott Georgia if ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill becomes law

A growing list of Hollywood celebrities signed onto a letter sent to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) threatening to push film production crews to abandon the state if the pending “heartbeat” abortion bill becomes law. 

{mosads}According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, more than 40 prominent actors have already signed onto the letter as of Thursday.

Rosie O’Donnell, Gabrielle Union Patton Oswalt, Amy Schumer, Ben Stiller, Sarah Silverman, Don Cheadle, Mia Farrow, Essence Atkins, Uzo Aduba, and Christina Applegate are among those who have signed the letter.

The letter, spearheaded by Alyssa Milano, comes a week after the actress tweeted on Friday urging film companies to leave Georgia after the state Senate passed a bill, also known as H.B. 481, that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. 

In the letter, the actors start off by complimenting the state for its “friendly and caring” citizens and for having hotels and restaurants that are “comfortable and of high quality.”

They also point to the billions of dollars in economic activity it has seen in recent years from Hollywood production companies since the state passed generous production tax credits, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. 

“But we cannot in good conscience continue to recommend our industry remain in Georgia if H.B. 481 becomes law,” they continue. 

After passing the Georgia state Senate last week, H.B. 481, which is backed by Kemp, is headed back to the House for consideration.

If passed, the measure would be one of the country’s most strict abortion laws. 

“This dangerous and deeply-flawed bill mimics many others which have already been deemed unconstitutional,” the letter reads. “As men who identify as small-government conservatives, we remind you that government is never bigger than when it is inside a woman’s body or in her doctor’s office.”

“This bill would remove the possibility of women receiving reproductive healthcare before most even know they are pregnant and force many women to undergo unregulated, hidden procedures at great risk to their health.”

The report arrives several days after the Writers Guild of America also warned Kemp that the state’s pending “heartbeat” abortion ban could cause production crews for Hollywood TV shows and movies to leave the state. 

In a joint statement released on Tuesday, the WGA East and West chapters also called on legislators to think of the economic consequences for the “draconian, anti-choice measure.”

“This law would make Georgia an inhospitable place for those in the film and television industry to work, including our members,” the WGA statement read. 

“If the Georgia Legislature and Governor 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,” the statement added. “Such is the potential cost of a blatant attack on every woman’s right to control her own body.”


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