Hollywood’s elite threatens Georgia boycott over abortion ban as other states try to poach business

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Members of Hollywood’s elite have banded together to urge Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to veto the state’s controversial “heartbeat bill,” a piece of legislation that would effectively prohibit women from seeking an abortion after six weeks of pregnancy. Meanwhile, the governors of Pennsylvania and New Jersey have jumped at the opportunity to lure Georgia’s entertainment business by advertising their own tax incentives and pro-abortion rights laws.

A petition started by Alyssa Milano, who’s currently in Atlanta shooting for the Netflix show “Insatiable,” was signed by more than 100 celebrities, including Amy Schumer, Alec Baldwin and Judd Apatow. Milano wrote that if the bill passed, “we cannot in good conscience continue to recommend our industry remain in Georgia.”

The Writers Guild of America, East and West (WGA) wrote in a letter shared on Twitter that they “urge Gov. Kemp to veto the bill.”

The letter from the WGA also noted that if members were to boycott filming in Georgia, “the cost would be most deeply felt by the residents of Georgia — including those who directly work in the film and television industry, and those who benefit from the many millions of dollars it pours into the local economy.”

Movies and television are big business for Georgia, which rolled out a series of tax incentives in 2008 to lure Hollywood to the state. After California and New York, Georgia is now often listed as the number three production center. A 2016 study from Film L.A. found that 17 of the top 100 movies that year were filmed in Georgia.

At an event in March, Kemp said the entertainment industry employs 200,000 Georgians and generated more than $60 billion of economic activities for the state. See more at CBS News.

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