Hollywood studios want to send a message to lawmakers in Georgia and other states restricting abortion access: We will take our business elsewhere.
The move is a reaction to a wave of new anti-abortion laws passed in states such as Georgia, Ohio, Missouri, Louisiana and Alabama. The so-called “heartbeat bill” outlaws abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks after conception and before many women even know they are pregnant.
Abortion rights activists say the law is a direct challenge to the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, and many commentators expect these laws to land before the U.S. Supreme Court.
In the meantime, the laws are creating a problem for Hollywood producers, as creators and artists are promising to stop working in states where the law has been passed.
Netflix was the first Hollywood production company to speak out against Georgia’s abortion law.