(AP and LA Times) — The producers of a new Amazon show aren’t going to be scouting filming locations in Georgia because of the state’s new anti-abortion law. Sister Pictures had planned to consider the Peach State for its upcoming show “The Power.”
That plan has changed since the state passed the “heartbeat bill,” a law that bans abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy.
Several big names in Hollywood, including director Ron Howard and writer/producer David Simon, have called for boycotts until the law is repealed.
And the L.A Times Reports, the Kristen Wiig movie “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar” will not shoot in Georgia, a production source confirmed Tuesday. HB 481, which was signed by Gov. Brian Kemp on May 7 and, barring a legal challenge, is set to go into effect Jan. 1.
(Montgomery, AL-AP) — An Alabama state senator is pushing a bill that would repeal the abortion ban passed through the state legislature.
Democrat Vivian Figures said she introduced the measure yesterday with the intention that it may help heal wounds that her Republican brothers and sisters have inflicted on the state. Alabama lawmakers have faced backlash from all over the country after passing what’s considered to be the strictest abortion bill in the country last week.
The measure makes performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony unless the mother’s health is in danger.
(AP) — Rallies in support of a woman’s right to an abortion are being held in every single state today. At noon local time, advocates will be at various locations across the nation to speak out against abortion bans and to promote reproductive freedom.
The hashtag-stop-the-bans movement is being sponsored by groups like the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.
Pro-choice advocates say women of color and low-income women are the particularly affected by these bans
(Claremont, NH-AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttiegieg says he trusts women on whether to have late-term abortions. During a Fox News town hall last night, the South Bend, Indiana mayor deflected a question about late-term abortions.
Fox News anchor Chris Wallace asked Buttiegieg if he believes there should be any limit on a woman’s right to an abortion at any point in their pregnancy. The candidate said the debate over abortion has “gotten so caught up in where you draw the line.
I trust women to draw the line.” Buttiegieg said fewer than one-percent of abortions in the U.S. are performed during the third trimester of pregnancy
(Montgomery, AL-AP) — Republican Governor Kay Ivey has now signed a strict abortion law in Alabama that makes nearly all abortions illegal except in cases where the mother’s life is in danger.
The state Senate passed the bill Tuesday night and rejected an amendment that would’ve given exceptions for rape and incest. Meanwhile, the fight over Ohio’s Heartbeat Bill is going to court.
The American Civil Liberties Union and pro-choice groups filed a federal lawsuit yesterday to block the bill that bans abortions after the first fetal heartbeat is detected.
(Montgomery, AL-AP) — Alabama’s state Senate is passing a bill that would ban nearly all abortions. Democratic Minority Leader Bobby Singleton pleaded with the governor to reject the bill.
The measure makes abortions illegal except to prevent serious health risks to the pregnant woman. The senators voted down an amendment that would’ve added exceptions for rape and incest. The bill passed the Alabama House of Representatives and Republican Governor Kay Ivey has not said if she will sign it into law.
The bill’s authors in the House have said that their aim is to have the matter taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court with the hope that it will overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. That decision established a woman’s right to an abortion.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is weighing in on the passage of a controversial abortion bill in Alabama. In a brief remark to Capitol reporters today, Pelosi called it very sad and heartbreaking
(Atlanta, GA-AP) — A Hollywood director and producer are protesting Georgia’s controversial heartbeat abortion law. J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele are headed to the state to begin shooting a new HBO show called Lovecraft Country.
The Hollywood Reporter says they’ll give a major donation to the ACLU and Fair Fight Georgia in an effort to fight the legislation. They said in a joint statement that the law is an attack aimed squarely at women. Governor Brian Kemp signed the law last week that bans abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks.
(Baton Rouge, LA-AP) — The Louisiana House is the next stop for legislation that would ban abortions in the state once a fetal heartbeat is detected. That usually happens six weeks into a pregnancy.
The legislation authored by Democratic Senator John Milkovich won Senate approval yesterday on a 31-5 vote. Even if it becomes law, it won’t take effect until similar legislation approved in Mississippi wins the approval of a federal appeals court.
(San Francisco, CA-AP) — A San Francisco city attorney is suing the Trump administration over a new federal rule that would reportedly allow health care staff to refuse medical treatment to members of the LGBTQ community.
The suit was filed yesterday by City Attorney Dennis Herrera in U.S. District Court, and claims the new so-called “conscience” rule would reduce access to health care for a number of groups including women, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
The lawsuit claims the Department of Health and Human Services exceeded its statutory authority by creating the new rule, and violated provisions of the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit seeks to have the rule declared unconstitutional, and seeks a court order to prevent it from taking effect.
(Montgomery, AL-AP) — A bill that would outlaw nearly all abortions in Alabama is advancing. Yesterday, the House passed a bill to make it a felony for doctors to perform an abortion unless there’s a serious health risk to the mother.
This bill doesn’t allow abortion in the case of incest or rape, and some lawmakers who support it say they’re expecting a fight. Their goal is to get this before the Supreme Court forcing them to revisit Roe versus Wade.
The bill now moves to the Senate.