Backlash against the state of Georgia has begun, as two production companies have vowed to not film any productions in Georgia while the pro-life “heartbeat” abortion ban is in force, according to The Hill.
Blown Deadline, a company owned by David Simon, who created HBO’s “The Wire” and “The Deuce,” will no longer consider Georgia as an option for filming, Simon tweeted Thursday morning.
Killer Films CEO Christine Vachon also announced that they would not film in Georgia unless the law was overturned.
“Can only speak for my production company,” Simon tweeted. “Our comparative assessments of locations for upcoming development will pull Georgia off the list until we can be assured the health options and civil liberties of our female colleagues are unimpaired.
“I can’t ask any female member of any film production with which I am involved to so marginalize themselves or compromise their inalienable authority over their own bodies,” Simon wrote in a subsequent post. “I must undertake production where the rights of all citizens remain intact. Other filmmakers will see this.”
Hollywood celebrities had been threatening potential boycotts while the abortion ban was working its way through the state Legislature.
Gov. Brian Kemp (R) recently signed into law a bill banning abortions with any pregnancy where a fetal heartbeat can be detected. That bans abortions after approximately six weeks of pregnancy.
The law, in addition to boycotts from the entertainment industry, is likely to face significant legal challenges, which conservatives hope will lead eventually to a favorable Supreme Court decision weakening or overruling Roe vs. Wade.