In late March, Georgia’s House of Representatives approved the “heartbeat” abortion bill by a vote margin of 92 to 78, effectively approving new limits on abortion. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, who narrowly beat Democrat Stacy Abrams in the 2018 gubernatorial race, has vowed to sign the pro-life legislation. In response, Hollywood celebrities are calling for a boycott of The Peach State.
Liberal celebrities such as Alec Baldwin, Alyssa Milano, Amy Schumer, and at least 40 others signed a letter voicing their disapproval with the “heartbeat” bill. They’re threatening to pull television and film production from Georgia if the bill becomes law. The celebrities addressed the letter to the Georgia House Speaker David Ralston and Governor Kemp. Besides Baldwin, Milano, and Schumer, other signers of the document included Sarah Silverman, Rosie O’Donnell, Don Cheadle, Sean Penn, Gabrielle Union, Ben Stiller, Christina Applegate, and Amber Tamblyn.
The “heartbeat” bill, also referred to as H.B. 481, would outlaw the heinous act of abortion as early as six weeks from the time of conception. This is the stage of pregnancy where most fetal heartbeats can be detected. The measure passed Georgia’s House of Representatives earlier in March before the state’s Senate passed their own version of it. When the Senate’s bill arrived back to the House of Representatives, it was upheld. Currently, abortions may be legally performed in The Peach State up to 20 weeks after conception. The “heartbeat” bill would still allow incest and rape victims to get an abortion during this time-frame. However, they would be required to file an official police report.
After the measure passed on March 29, Milano tweeted to “Hollywood” that “we should stop feeding GA economy.”
The actress, who rose to fame from her role in the 80’s sitcom “Who’s the Boss,” led the effort to get the letter in the hands of Ralston and Kemp. She’s in the state’s capital of Atlanta filming the Netflix comedy “Insatiable” right now. Regarding the letter, she tweeted, “To @BrianKempGA & Speaker Ralston: Attached, is an open letter signed by 50 actors against #HB481. On behalf of the undersigned–as people often called to work in GA or those of us contractually bound to work in GA–we hope you’ll reconsider signing this bill. #HBIsBadForBusiness.”
The missive the Hollywood elites penned to Ralston and Kemp claimed production companies have poured billions into Georgia’s economy over the past decade since the state approved production tax credits.
“We cannot in good conscience continue to recommend our industry remain in Georgia if H.B. 481 becomes law,” the letter stated. “This dangerous and deeply-flawed bill mimics many others which have already been deemed unconstitutional. 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.”
The letter also read, “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. We want to stay in Georgia. We want to continue to support the wonderful people, businesses, and communities we have come to love in the Peachtree State. But we will not do so silently, and we will do everything in our power to move our industry to a safer state for women if H.B. 481 becomes law. You have a choice, gentlemen. We pray you make the right one.”
In addition to this letter, The Writers Guild of America East and the Writers Guild of America West penned a joint missive proclaiming they “condemn” the “heartbeat” bill. Last month, in opposition to H.B. 481, Georgia Representative Dar’shun Kendrick proposed a “Testicular Bill of Rights.”
After Kemp’s gubernatorial victory last year, Milano labeled the state as “totally corrupt.” In a tweet, she said, “There are over 20 productions shooting in Georgia. Is the entertainment industry willing to support the economy of a totally corrupt state that suppresses democracy; where the winner isn’t the best choice for the people but the best schemer or crook?”
~ Patriotic Freedom Fighter