Alyssa Milano, the driving force behind the whirlwind #metoo campaign, is now urging Hollywood to boycott Georgia after the state passed a bill that would ban abortions once a doctor detects a heartbeat in a fetus.
The Georgia Senate passed the bill on Friday. It would limit abortions to six weeks after conception, explained the lawmakers, highlighting there would be exceptions in case of rape or incest. In such circumstances, the victims should file an official police report, the bill says.
The controversial bill is now a subject of approval by the Georgia House of Representatives. If signed, the law will enter into force on January 1, 2020.
In the actress' view, the new ''heartbeat bill,'' or HB481, would only ''strip women of their bodily autonomy.''
According to Who's the Boss' star, there are currently over 20 productions shooting in Georgia. In an angry tweet Friday, she urged the Hollywood producers to stop feeding the local economy.
Why is Georgia so popular among movie makers? The state offers a generous 30 percent tax credit for TV and film production. A quick look into the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office website shows that there are now 38 movies and TV shows shooting in Georgia.
Some of the most prominent titles include ''Jumanji 2 starring Dwayne ''the Rock'' Johnson, ''Zombieland 2'' featuring Emma Stone and Woody Harrelson, as well as the fourth season of OWN's ''Greenleaf.''
Alyssa Milano is also working in Atlanta now, filming the second season of the Netflix's dark pageant comedy ''Insatiable.'' She plays Coralee Huggens-Armstrong, the wife of lead Bob Armstrong, portrayed by Dallas Roberts.
Last year, shortly after Brian Kemp became governor, Milano called Georgia ''a totally corrupt state that suppresses democracy.'' Her attempts to make Hollywood leave the state remained unheard back then.
In 2016, Hollywood production houses were vocally against another controversial bill in Georgia, the so-called ''religious liberty'' bill which the then-governor Nathan Deal did not sign.
Under the current legislation, women in Georgia can make an abortion within the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Alyssa Milano was not the only one to oppose the new bill. A large group of local women gathered at the Georgia Capitol to protest against it. They were dressed as the characters from ''The Handmaid's Tale''. The TV series illustrates a dystopian future in which the government controls the women. Since the House passed the bill, the female activists dressed in red cloaks and white bonnets have been protesting almost every day.
Numerous similar ''heartbeat'' bills have been revoked in other states following legal challenges.
Do you think the same will happen in Georgia?