In the United States, a group of actors started a boycott on a new law against abortion in the state of Georgia. The legislation, signed by the state’s governor, makes abortion illegal in many cases as early as six months into pregnancy.
One of the major objections to the law is that by six months, many women are not even aware of their pregnancy as symptoms are felt later on.
In a letter sent in March to the House Speaker and to the Governor, the actors had declared that if the law is approved, they will do their utmost to undermine the films industry in Georgia and transfer it to other states.
50 actors signed the letter, including Alyssa Milano, Amy Schumer, Christina Applegate, Alec Baldwin and Sean Penn.
Georgia Governor’s Office says that the films and television industry last year contributed $2.7 million to the state’s economy when great films such as The Hunger Games and The Walking Dead series were among the productions filmed in the state.
Other actors and the Writers Guild of America also expressed their opposition to the legislation.
Although the legislation is scheduled to enter into force next January, it will face further obstacles through judicial proceedings as similar legislation were stopped by Courts in other states, such as Mississippi.