Over the past decade, Georgia has become one of the most lucrative filming locations in the entire world, generating billions of dollars for the entertainment industry with its enticing film incentive program—which awards up to 30 percent of production costs back in transferable tax credits, which can then be sold on the free market.
That gravy train could very well be derailed by a fleet of prominent celebrities should the state of Georgia and Gov. Brian Kemp decide to pass a controversial bill that would ban abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that a who’s who of more than 50 celebrities—including fan favorites, Amy Schumer, Amber Tamblyn, Alec Baldwin, Don Cheadle, Rosie O’Donnell, Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman, Essence Atkins, Uzo Aduba, Gabrielle Union, Christina Applegate, Ben Stiller, Sean Penn, David Cross, Mia Farrow, Colin Hanks and Bradley Whitford has signed a letter written by Alyssa Milano in opposition of the state’s so-called “heartbeat” anti-abortion bill.
Not only denouncing H.B. 481, but promising to urge TV and film production companies to take their business elsewhere.
While TV and film production companies themselves have remained mum on the subject, the Writers Guild of America and numerous actors have been very public in their opposition.
“This dangerous and deeply-flawed bill mimics many others which have already been deemed unconstitutional,” the letter states (read it in full below). “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 Georgia bill would ban most abortions after six weeks from conception (or, as the nickname suggests, when a “heartbeat” can be detected). The Georgia House of Representatives has yet to vote on the bill; Kemp is expected to sign it if and when the House passes it.
The letter signers vow to “do everything in our power to move our industry to a safer state for women if H.B. 481 becomes law.”
Here is the letter:
The signees are:
The prospective law would not only endanger the $2 billion-plus the industry spends in the state every year, but also the lives and well-beings of the women who travel to the state to film and work there.