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Three Film Production Companies Announce Georgia Boycott In Light Of The State’s New Abortion Law




Capitol building in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Executives from three production companies say they won’t film in Georgia because of the state’s “heartbeat” abortion ban.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports they include David Simon of Blown Deadline, Christine Vachon of Killer Films and Mark Duplass of Duplass Brothers Productions. The boycotts aren’t likely to have an immediate effect because the companies don’t regularly work in Georgia - but the impact of a boycott would be more if other companies decide to join in.

The Georgia law will ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, usually around six weeks of pregnancy. Critics say it’s unconstitutional and have vowed to sue.

With files from the Associated Press.

Guests:

Matt Donnelly, senior film writer at Variety who has been following the story; he tweets @MattDonnelly

Molly Coffee, Georgia-based production designer and creative director of Film Impact Georgia, a nonprofit organization that creates opportunities for content creators in Georgia’s film industry