Director Ron Howard Will Boycott Ga. if Abortion Law Goes Into Effect

‘We will be making a donation to the ACLU to support their battle against this oppressive legislation…’

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(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Filmmaker Ron Howard joined the list of Hollywood elites who have vowed to boycott Georgia after the state’s governor signed a pro-life law bill into law.

Howard, and his partner Brian Grazer, told the Hollywood Reporter that their company, Imagine Entertainment, will continue its production of “Hillbilly Elegy” in Georgia next month.

If the law goes into effect in January, however, Howard said he will join the boycott.

“We see Governor Kemp’s bill as a direct attack on women’s rights, and we will be making a donation to the [American Civil Liberties Union] to support their battle against this oppressive legislation,” they said in a statement.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed Georgia’s “heartbeat bill,” which bans abortions in the state after a heartbeat is detected, earlier this month.

Shortly after, dozens of Hollywood stars, led by actress and leftist activist Alyssa Milano, pledged to take the entertainment industry out of the state.

Kemp said the entertainment industry in Georgia employs more than 200,000 Georgians and generated more than $60 billion for the state last year.

Other Indie filmmakers, including Christine Vachon of Killer Films; Mark Duplass of Duplass Brothers Productions; and David Simon of Blown Deadline Productions, have vowed to stand “shoulder to shoulder with the women of Georgia.”

“Can only speak for my production company. Our comparative assessments of locations for upcoming development will pull Georgia off the list until we can be assured the health options and civil liberties of our female colleagues are unimpaired,” Simon wrote on Twitter.

Kemp, however, said he stands by his decision and that he won’t be bullied by Hollywood elites.

“I can’t govern because I’m worried about what someone in Hollywood thinks about me,” he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “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.

“We cannot change our values of who we are for money,” Kemp continued. “And we’re not going to do that. That’s what makes our state great.”