AceShowbiz - Many film companies are boycotting Georgia, which has attracted high-profile productions in the past decade with generous tax incentives, after Gov. Brian Kemp signed into what is called a "fetal heartbeat" bill, banning abortions with any pregnancy where a fetal heartbeat can be detected. However, J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele reveals in a statement that they will continue production for their upcoming HBO horror series "Lovecraft Country" in the state, though that doesn't mean they agree with the law.
Representatives of the series say that the series will based in Atlanta but it will shoot throughout the Peach State. "In a few weeks we start shooting our new show, 'Lovecraft Country' and will do so standing shoulder to shoulder with the women of Georgia. Governor Kemp's 'Fetal Heartbeat' Abortion Law is an unconstitutional effort to further restrict women and their health providers from making private medical decisions on their terms," reads the statement.
The statement explains that profits from the series will be donated to groups that are fighting the law. "Make no mistake, this is an attack aimed squarely and purposely at women. We stand with Stacey Abrams and the hardworking people of Georgia, and will donate 100% of our respective episodic fees for this season to two organizations leading the charge against this draconian law: the ACLU of Georgia and Fair Fight Georgia," the statement continues. "We encourage those who are able to funnel any and all resources to these organizations."
Among film companies that boycott the state is Blown Deadline, a company which produces HBO's "The Wire" and "The Deuce". Owner David Simon tweeted on Thursday morning, May 9, "Can only speak for my production company. 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," he continued in another post. "I must undertake production where the rights of all citizens remain intact. Other filmmakers will see this."
Killer Films CEO Christine Vachon also declared that the company would "no longer consider Georgia as a viable shooting location until this ridiculous law is overturned." Duplass Brothers Productions added, "Don't give your business to Georgia. Will you pledge with me not to film anything in Georgia until they reverse this backwards legislation?" Additionally, more than 100 actors, including major stars, have pledged to boycott productions in the state.
The backlash comes following the "heartbeat" bill which will criminalize abortions after six weeks of gestation -- before many women even know they are pregnant -- as it classifies unborn children as "distinct, living persons."
With that, any woman who terminates a pregnancy is a subject to prosecution for murder and is punishable by life imprisonment or death in Georgia. Meanwhile, those who do abortion outside the state will be charged with conspiracy to commit murder and will face a potentional 10-year sentence.