More than 60 celebrities have signed a letter stating that they will urge production companies to leave Georgia if the state’s controversial abortion bill is passed.
Dubbed the “heartbeat” bill, it would prohibit abortions for women after six weeks. Those against the bill point out that many women aren’t even aware that they are pregnant at six weeks. Also, Planned Parenthood points out that people of color and low-income families are likely to be disproportionately affected by the bill.
Celebrities such as Gabrielle Union, Tessa Thompson, Uzo Aduba, Don Cheadle, Zoe Kravitz, and Kerry Washington have joined the protest against the bill.
“As actors, our work often brings us to Georgia. We’ve always found your state to be populated with friendly and caring people,” reads the letter shared via Twitter by actress Alyssa Milano. “We want to stay in Georgia. We want to continue to support the wonderful, people, businesses, and communities we have come to love in the Peach State. 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 H.B. 481 becomes law.”
The Associated Press reports that Georgia, a growing hub for film and television production, stands to lose billions if Hollywood pulls productions from the state.