Film companies threaten to flee Georgia due to anti-abortion law

(CNN)  A shouting match happened Thursday as Alabama senators considered a bill that would ban abortions at every stage of pregnancy from conception on and criminalize the procedure for doctors.

The battle over abortion rights has been raging since the landmark case of Roe v. Wade in 1973, which legalized the procedure nationwide, but now certain states are drafting restrictive bills in preparation for a lawsuit in the nation’s highest court.

“This is the first time in 46 years that the make-up on the Supreme Court has changed where there’s possibly enough conservatives on there who would decide Roe v. Wade was incorrectly decided,” said Eric Johnson, President of the Pro-Life Coalition.

Outside of Alabama, a so-called ‘heartbeat bill’ has been passed in several states, including Georgia.

Some already blocked in courts.

Those laws prohibit abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

About six weeks into a pregnancy, before many women know they’re pregnant. and that’s causing a problem for Georgia’s nearly $10 billion-dollar film and TV industry.

“Our industry is taking a stand. Women are taking a stand. And we’re saying, ‘no more,’” said actress Alyssa Milano.

David Simon, who created “The Wire”, said his production company won’t film in Georgia anymore. He’s joined by Mark Duplass, Counter Narrative Films, and Killer Films.

May 13, 2019 | Posted in