A number of actors and other celebrities have called for a boycott by Hollywood of the state of Georgia over a the state’s so-called heartbeat abortion bill.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the measure “would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, sometimes as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. Under the current law, women are allowed to undergo the procedure up until week 20.”
The bill, HB481, was approved today in the Georgia General Assembly on a 92 to 78 vote. It passed the House last week and is expected to be signed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp.
“The bill has sparked outrage among many in Hollywood, with celebrities including Alyssa Milano, June Diane Raphael and George Takai already speaking out about the legislation and calling on the industry to boycott filming in Georgia,” THR reports. “The state has a robust film and television business and has emerged in recent years as a go-to shooting location for projects outside Los Angeles and New York.”
The report notes that Georgia has ruffled feathers in Hollywood before.
“A year ago, a similar movement grew in response to an anti-LGBTQ bill that would have made it legal for adoption agencies to not work with same-sex couples,” THR notes.
A number of actors and others have commented on the situation on social media, including the following tweet this week from the Writers Guild …