Led by Alyssa Milano, Hollywood went vocal against the ''heartbeat bill'' Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed earlier last week to ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. The law is set to enter into force on January 1, 2020.
In response to the new restrictive abortion law in the state of Georgia, Alyssa Milano encouraged women to go on ''a sex strike'' in order not to risk pregnancy. According to the actress, the women's reproductive rights are being erased, and until they cannot exercise legal control on their bodies, they should not have sex.
The #MeToo activist's latest tweet on the topic sparked a debate across the states. More than 35,000 people have liked it, and it has been retweeted more than 12,000 times, leading to the #SexStrike hashtag on Twitter.
Many of Milano's Hollywood colleagues supported her on social media. It is not surprising as the Hollywood movie industry is one of the leading investors in Georgia, pouring $2.7 billion in the local economy. The Peach State is an accessible filming location where some of the blockbusters are made, including ''Black Panther'', ''Stranger Things'', ''The Walking Dead'', and many more. The Georgia Governor's Office estimated that last year 455 productions had been made across the state.
David Simon, the mastermind behind The Wire and The Deuce echoed Alyssa Milano's words saying he would no longer work in Georgia. Going further, Simon stated he was not in a position to ask any female member of his film productions to work in a jurisdiction where her healthcare rights are limited.
Mark Duplass also raised voice urging his colleagues not to give business to Georgia until they reverse their controversial abortion legislation.
In a joint statement, filmmakers J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele expressed their support to the women of Georgia, saying they would stand ''shoulder to shoulder'' with them. In their view, the legislation was unconstitutional as the state intended to restrict women from taking private medical decisions. Furthermore, Abrams and Peele also promised all their episodic fees to the local election reform associations, the ACLU of Georgia and Fair Fight Georgia.
According to attorneys familiar with the matter, the controversial abortion law in Georgia would face challenges in court. For instance, a federal judge in Kentucky blocked a similar law there stating it could be unconstitutional.
Mississippi passed a six-week abortion law earlier this spring and is supposed to enter in force in July. It would also face challenges, attorneys said. In 2016, the governor of Ohio vetoed similarly restrictive legislation.
Do you think Georgia would revoke the controversial law following the huge wave of criticism coming from Hollywood?