Two Film Production Companies Protest Georgia’s Heartbeat Bill

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Consistently ranking toward the top of the list of the poorest states, Georgia has the 11th highest poverty rate and losing revenue in any industry would be harmful to the economy. Thanks to Brian Kemp and his support of Georgia’s new “heartbeat bill” that bans abortion after six weeks gestation, which essentially bans abortion, he’s costing the state millions in revenue as Hollywood producers vow not to shoot in Georgia and to take their money elsewhere.

‘Can only speak for my production company. Our comparative assessments of locations for upcoming development will pull Georgia off the list until we can be assured the health options and civil liberties of our female colleagues are unimpaired.’

The bill will likely be struck down in federal courts as unconstitutional, as this matter was settled long ago thanks to Roe v. Wade. Republican governors in states like Kentucky have seen similar bills struck down in this way, and the people who suffer most during consumer protests like the one happening in Georgia are the citizens of the state.

Simon’s production company is responsible for popular television shows like HBO’s The Wire and The Deuce.

‘I can’t ask any female member of any film production with which I am involved to so marginalize themselves or compromise their inalienable authority over their own bodies. I must undertake production where the rights of all citizens remain intact. Other filmmakers will see this.’

Christine Vachon, whose production company Killer Films has produced award-winning films like Boys Don’t Cry and First Reformed seconded Simon’s motion to pull filming from locations in Georgia.

‘Killer Films will no longer consider Georgia as a viable shooting location until this ridiculous law is overturned.’

Twitter was supportive of both producers’ declarations and called for more companies to follow suit. Read some of their comments below:

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