With controversial laws being passed in states like Rhode Island and Georgia, both sides of the abortion debate seem to be gearing up for a national clash. Under most circumstances, I would recommend that more conversation is the best method to combat the inevitable whirlwind of belligerence. But, I can no longer in good conscience do the same when it comes to abortion.
Since Governor Brain Kemp signed the “Heartbeat Bill” into law, Hollywood actors and producers have threatened a boycott of Georgia. One tweet from Alyssa Milano gave the list of many actors that are boycotting the state.
The list includes notable names like Amy Schumer, Alec Baldwin, Rosie O’Donnell, Ben Stiller, and many more. Jason Bateman has also announced that he will no longer work in the State of Georgia. What’s even more threatening for the state is that Netflix announced it may need to “rethink” their operations in Georgia, and they will work with the ACLU to fight this law. Disney has also announced that they are considering leaving the state, stating that it would be “very difficult” to continue working in Georgia.
Earlier this month, Alabama and Georgia both passed controversial anti-abortion legislation. The “heartbeat laws”, which outlaw abortion once the fetus has a heartbeat. In the wake of such, pro-choice women have been lighting up social media. Notably, false reports that the Alabama heartbeat law would prosecute women for miscarriages made the rounds on the news cycle. The bill would only pull a woman into an investigation if there was suspicion someone else had performed an abortion on her. This bit of misinformation contributes to media fear mongering, and somewhat humorously, some Twitter users calling for a “Sex Strike.”