KEMP: ‘We cannot change our values of who we are for money…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp plans to sign a “heartbeat” bill into law on Tuesday morning, dismissing Hollywood’s threats to boycott the state.
The “Living Infants Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act” would ban all abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which usually occurs about five to six weeks into a pregnancy — often before mothers realize they are pregnant.
Hollywood attacked the bill as “discriminatory.”
More than 100 celebrities, including Amy Schumer, Alec Baldwin, and Judd Apatow signed a petition asking Kemp to veto the bill, and saying that if he didn’t, they would take their productions out of the state.
“We cannot in good conscience continue to recommend our industry remain in Georgia,” the petition stated.
The entertainment industry in Georgia employs more than 200,000 Georgians and generated more than $60 billion for the state last year, according to Kemp.
But Kemp said he won’t be deterred.
“I can’t govern because I’m worried about what someone in Hollywood thinks about me. I ran the last two years on these issues, and I got elected with the largest number of votes in the history of the state of Georgia, and I’m doing what I told people I would do … Our business environment’s good,” he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We cannot change our values of who we are for money. And we’re not going to do that. That’s what makes our state great.”
The group of Hollywood stars, led by leftist activist Alyssa Milano, said if they boycott filming in Georgia, “the cost would be most deeply felt by the residents of Georgia — including those who directly work in the film and television industry, and those who benefit from the many millions of dollars it pours into the local economy.”
Georgia’s heartbeat bill is one of many across the country.
At least 15 states have introduced similar legislation this year, and the governors of Kentucky, Mississippi, and Ohio have signed theirs into law.