Jason Bateman says he 'will not work in Georgia' if abortion bill goes through
Georgia's proposed abortion bill has been the subject of much controversy.
Under the "heartbeat bill", terminations after six weeks would be illegal, even in cases of rape and incest, effectively banning abortions as most pregnancies aren't discovered until this time. The only exception would be if a woman's life was in danger.
Any doctors caught defying the new law would be subject to a minimum of ten years imprisonment.
In the video below, Busy Philipps speaks out about the proposed bill:
Now, in response, actor Jason Bateman has said that he will not work in Georgia, where is currently filming the Netflix show Ozark and HBO's The Outsider, if it is approved.
He told The Hollywood Reporter: "If the 'heartbeat bill' makes it through the court system, I will not work in Georgia, or any other state, that is so disgracefully at odds with women's rights."
If other actors follow suit with Bateman's protest, it could seriously hurt Georgia's economy, where many film and TV projects are filmed because of its generous 30% tax credit program.
Because of this, Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has said that such a boycott would do more harm than good.
"While I support those who want to live their values by not bringing their resources here, I do not want to harm the citizens of Georgia who are doing this work," Abrams, a potential presidential candidate, told MSNBC.
Bateman, however, is far from the only celebrity to speak out against the proposed bill.
Emily Ratajkowski posed naked on Instagram to draw attention to the issue, captioning her picture:
"This week, 25 old white men voted to ban abortion in Alabama even in cases of incest and rape. These men in power are imposing their wills onto the bodies of women in order to uphold the patriarchy and perpetuate the industrial prison complex by preventing women of low economic opportunity the right to choose to not reproduce.
"The states trying to ban abortion are the states that have the highest proportions of black women living there," she continued. "This is about class and race and is a direct attack on the fundamental human rights women in the US deserve and are protected by under Roe vs. Wade. Our bodies, our choice."