Georgia has become one of America’s top movie and TV filming location over the last several decades including Netflix’s Stranger Things and Ozark, AMC’s The Walking Dead, and the forthcoming HBO series Watchmen. Georgia governor Brian Kemp signed into law on May 7th an extreme “fetal heartbeat” bill that bans women in the state from having abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.
The Georgia bill it allows the state to prosecute women who get abortions, and could possibly entangle a woman who miscarries in legal proceedings as well. Gabrielle Carteris, president of the actors guild SAG-AFTRA, weighed in on the law—which is set to take effect in January 2020: “The safety of SAG-AFTRA members is paramount. If any of these or other laws put our members at risk in their work environment, we will aggressively combat that through legislative advocacy, legal advocacy, and litigation, including our active amicus program, as well as partnership with other organizations working to reverse the impact of such laws or policies in the workplace. And, as always, I will be standing front and center to ensure that.”
HBO’s Lovecraft Country series producers Misha Greenseries Lovecraft Country; Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams, announced last week that they would proceed with the Georgia shoot as planned, but that they would donate their own episodic fees for the season to two charities fighting the anti-abortion law, the A.C.L.U. of Georgia and Fair Fight Georgia.
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