Hollywood producer launches campaign to to raise millions to fight anti-abortion laws
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Producer and investor Peter Chernin has reportedly launched a campaign seeking to raise millions to help fund a legal fight against anti-abortion laws passed in states such as Georgia. 

Chernin, who founded The Chernin Group in 2010 after serving for almost 15 years as president and chief operating officer of News Corporation, has called on array of senior officials in the movie industry to contribute to the effort,  The New York Times, citing three people briefed on the matter, reported


“I am launching a campaign to contribute to the $15 million that is needed to fund the [American Civil Liberties Union's] legal efforts to battle the national anti-abortion effort,” Chernin said in an email last week, according to The Times, which obtained a copy.

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Chernin said in his pitch that “we have a moral responsibility to act immediately." He reportedly added that his family foundation and company had donated a combined $1 million to the cause. He said he was conducting the fundraising effort with ACLU executive director Anthony D. Romero. 

The ACLU has repeatedly challenged anti-abortion laws this year. It has vowed to sue Georgia over legislation that bans woman from having an abortion after a fetal cardiac activity is detected, something that generally occurs within six weeks.  

Melissa Zukerman, a spokeswoman for Chernin Entertainment, confirmed to The Times the legitimacy of Chernin's email. 

Chernin Entertainment, which has two major projects set for production in Georgia, has been one of several studios to speak out against Georgia's restrictive abortion policy. 

Some companies, including Netflix and WarnerMedia, have said they may reconsider producing films in Georgia if the legislation becomes law. But Chernin said in his email that he didn't feel like that was the right course of action. 

“Firing workers, most of whom oppose this legislation, does not seem like a just response,” Mr. Chernin wrote in the fundraising email. “Taking action against only Georgia felt like a highly narrow and targeted response to a national battle. Abandoning and isolating parts of the country that we don’t agree with strikes me as a dangerous response.”

The fundraising effort comes as GOP-led legislatures around the nation pass laws that enforce more restrictions surrounding abortion. Republican governors in Ohio, Kentucky and Mississippi signed versions of what is known as the "heartbeat bill" earlier this year.

Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a version of the bill last week.