Tiffany Haddish cancels her Atlanta show amid the controversy caused by Georgia’s recent abortion laws. “After much deliberation, I am postponing my upcoming show in Atlanta. I love the state of Georgia, but I need to stand with women and until they withdraw Measure HB481, I cannot in good faith perform there,” Haddish says in statement.
The controversial “Fetal heartbeat Law”, which aims to be implemented in the state of Georgia next year, prevents abortion once the fetal heartbeat is detected. The reaction of Hollywood personalities has not been long in coming.
The new prohibits women from aborting once they have completed six weeks of pregnancy, which is when the heart of the embryo starts beating regularly. Known as HB-481, it does not make exceptions in case of rape and incest, nor does it respect the right that women have over their own bodies.
This restrictive regulation of abortion is being approved in several US states, including Alabama, Kentucky, Ohio, Mississippi and Louisiana, which is generating huge protest movements across the country. “They are determined to take away the right to abortion from Mississippi, and they are doing so at the expense of women’s health and taxpayers’ money,” Hillary Schneller, an attorney with the Center for Reproductive Rights, said in a statement.
The law approved by the Senate in Alabama leaves abortion in a policy of absolute minimums: it prohibits the interruption of pregnancy at any stage of pregnancy and criminalizes with up to 99 years in prison the doctor who practices it. The largest human rights defense organization in the United States (ACLU) has promised after knowing the decision of Alabama to file a lawsuit to block its implementation.
Many Hollywood studios and personalities have broke their silence by threatening to leave Georgia if this law comes into force next year. Netflix made a statement suggesting that it would reconsider working in the state if the law was enacted, which led other companies to make their own comments such as Disney or WarnerMedia.
If these threats are carried out, the boycott would greatly affect the economy of this southern “Hollywood”, after California and New York, the state in which more series and films are shot. Georgia has been the scene of series such as The Walking Dead or Stranger Things, among many other titles.
The economic losses that are calculated are 2.7 billion dollars in direct expenses, as well as 92,100 jobs and 4.6 billion dollars in total wages. Undoubtedly amounts that can influence legislators when offering their support to the new law underway.
The stars of the Mecca of the cinema are numerous who express without shame their opposition to these new regulations. Among them can be found the actress and activist Alyssa Milano who proposes to women a sex strike in order to claim legal control as a protest measure.
“Our reproductive rights are being eliminated. Until we women have legal control over our own bodies we can not risk pregnancy. Join me to not have sex until we regain autonomy of the body,” she wrote in his Twitter account.