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Stacey Abrams Calls on Hollywood to #StayAndFight About Georgia Abortion Rights Instead of Boycotting

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Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is just as outraged as many about Georgia’s decision to virtually outlaw abortions in the state, but she’s imploring leaders of industry, especially those in the filmmaking community, to stand with her and fight to change things, rather than boycott the state.

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Abrams, along with a group of political allies and business leaders, has put together a #StayAndFight coalition, saying Hollywood power brokers could best serve those fighting for abortion rights by helping to fund political candidates and groups challenging the law, the Washington Post reports.

Last month, Georgia’s governor signed into law a so-called heartbeat bill that outlaws abortions at the point when a fetal heartbeat can be detected. That can happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, often before many women even know they are pregnant. Exceptions will be made to save the life of the mother, or in cases of rape or incest—but only if a woman files a police report first.

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Abrams says she understands the urge to attempt to punish Georgia by not spending money in the state. As the Post notes, Hollywood heavy-hitters who film in Georgia, including Disney, have said they are seriously considering taking their films elsewhere.

However, Abrams says doing so will only hurt working-class people who depend on the jobs such industry creates.

As The Hill reported, citing the Los Angeles Times, Abrams says there is “a unique position to fight backnot only against the legislation here but the legislation around the countryand to fund the defeat of these politicians and their horrible behavior by using the resources available through the entertainment industry.”

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Abrams and the head of an abortions rights group are set to meet with Hollywood executives to discuss the issue on June 11, the Post reports.

Workers in the film industry are also advocating against a potential boycott, forming #StayAndFightGeorgia and raising money for the American Civil Liberties Union’s legal challenge to the abortion law, the Post notes.

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I think it is hard to blame companies for not wanting to send their female employees to Georgia. What if, god forbid, one of their pregnant employees miscarries, and these dolts refuse to do an abortion because the fetus “might still be viable”? Or their employee gets charged with murder for miscarrying? Gets raped and can’t get the medical help they need? Why would they want to put their employees in that situation?

The people of Georgia aren’t owed the money that comes from these out-of-state companies filming there, or hosting their events there, or whatever. If they want modern businesses to come, they can act like a modern state. Otherwise they literally have only themselves to blame when places like Netflix and Disney pack up their toys and go home. There are plenty of other states (and Canada) with attractive tax loopholes that aren’t a nightmare of potential issues. I hope these businesses do continue to donate to campaigns that didn’t just time-travel from the stone age, but until then they have a responsibility to the women they employ not to put them in unnecessary danger.