Former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams brought her message of “stay and fight” to Hollywood June 11, taking part in a group meeting with film actors, directors and producers.
Unlike a growing number of studio executives vowing to boycott Georgia if the controversial “heartbeat” anti-abortion legislation Gov. Brian Kemp signed last month takes effect in January, Abrams is urging the entertainment industry to stick with the Peach State.
The stakes are higher even than the $9.5 billion in economic impact films and TV series brought to Georgia last year, Abrams said after Tuesday’s session.
“The entertainment industry is the tip of the spear,” she said. “This is about the business climate of Georgia.”
Abrams cited an open letter signed by more than 180 CEOs from across the country that appeared June 9 in The New York Times opposing the series of strict anti-abortion laws passed in Georgia and other states this year, part of an effort by Republicans to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion on demand.
She said if Georgia’s law prohibiting abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected survives an expected legal challenge, companies aren’t going to want to locate here because their female employees won’t be guaranteed the right to choose whether to carry a pregnancy full term.
“Health care is becoming a clear metric companies are looking at,” she said. “It may start with entertainment, but it will spread to everyone.”
“The entertainment industry is the tip of the spear,” Stacey Abrams told Atlanta Business Chronicle. “This is about the business climate of Georgia.”
Abrams said the court battle could take up to two years, giving the law’s opponents time to work to elect pro-choice candidates in Georgia. In the meantime, Fair Fight Action, an organization she founded late last year after losing the governor’s race by a narrow margin, is working on voting rights issues.