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Georgia state abortion law fuels Hollywood boycott call


12th May, 2019 01:35:33 printer

Georgia state abortion law fuels Hollywood boycott call

A new abortion law in the US state of Georgia has fuelled calls for a Hollywood boycott from actors and production companies.

Actors signed an open letter in March pledging not to work should the law - which bans most abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy - pass.

Georgia is the latest state to enact legislation restricting abortion.

Actress and #MeToo advocate Alyssa Milano also urged women on Saturday to join her in a sex strike in protest.

What is the bill and why is it controversial?

The so-called "heartbeat" bill, which was signed by Governor Brian Kemp on Tuesday, is scheduled to come into effect on 1 January.

However, the law is expected to face challenges in the courts.

A federal judge blocked such a law in Kentucky which was scheduled to come into effect immediately as it could be unconstitutional, while Mississippi passed a six-week abortion law in March that is not due to take effect until July and is also facing challenges.

Ohio passed a similarly restrictive law in 2016 which was vetoed by the governor.

Many women do not know they are pregnant by six weeks, with morning sickness usually starting after about nine weeks.

The Georgia governor's office said film and television productions brought $2.7bn (£2.1bn) into the state in 2018.

Hollywood blockbusters Black Panther and The Hunger Games series were filmed there, as were the programmes Stranger Things and The Walking Dead.

What is the boycott?

During the bill's passage, 50 actors proposed a boycott of film and television production in the state - including Ms Milano, Amy Schumer, Christina Applegate, Alec Baldwin and Sean Penn.

"We want to stay in Georgia," the letter reads. "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 [this] becomes law."