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Jason Bateman vows to refuse to work in Georgia if ‘heartbeat’ bill becomes law

Actor Jason Bateman vowed to refuse to work in the state if the “heartbeat” abortion legislation becomes law. 

“If the ‘heartbeat bill’ makes it through the court system, I will not work in Georgia, or any other state, that is so disgracefully at odds with women’s rights,” Bateman told The Hollywood Reporter

The Netflix show, “Ozark,” which Bateman stars in, and the HBO show, “The Outsider,” which he executive produces, are filming in the state. 

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed into law last week a measure that bars a woman from receiving an abortion after a “heartbeat” is detected, something that generally occurs within six weeks. 

Women may still receive an abortion if the pregnancy is believed to be “medically futile.” Exceptions will also be granted to a woman whose life is at risk and if a police report has been filed related to rape or incest.

The law is set to go into effect on Jan. 1. But Planned Parenthood has already vowed to sue the state over the measure. 

Several actors and activists have spoken out against the Georgia law. Actress Alyssa Milano in March shared a letter signed by 50 actors saying they would boycott the state if the abortion policy became law. 

Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D) pushed back against the boycott this week, saying that it wasn’t “the most effective, strategic choice for change.”


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