Rep. (D-R.I.) has a message for the production companies vowing not to film in Georgia due to its newly passed abortion law: Come to Rhode Island instead.
“Rhode Island has a workforce that’s second to none. Minutes from the ocean. And we respect the rights of women to make their own health care decisions,” he wrote.
Open Letter To Any TV or Film Companies That Are Boycotting Georgia:
Rhode Island has a workforce that’s second to none. Minutes from the ocean. And we respect the rights of women to make their own health care decisions.
— David Cicilline (@davidcicilline) May 12, 2019
Cicilline, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, tweeted the invitation on Sunday, almost a week after Georgia passed a restrictive abortion law that bans the practice as soon as a fetal heartbeat can be detected — which can come as early as six weeks into pregnancy.
After Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed the so-called heartbeat bill, several members of the entertainment industry, including David Simon, creator of “The Wire,” indicated they will not conduct business in the state.
“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 tweeted on Thursday.
I can’t ask any female member of any film production with which I am involved to so marginalize themselves or compromise their inalienable authority over their own bodies. I must undertake production where the rights of all citizens remain intact. Other filmmakers will see this. https://t.co/V2xDPKiMpo
— David Simon (@AoDespair) May 8, 2019
Christine Vachon, CEO of the production company behind the Oscar-winning film “Still Alice,” wrote on Twitter that “Killer Films will no longer consider Georgia as a viable shooting location until this ridiculous law is overturned.”
A handful of others have joined in the boycott.
The outcry follows a letter written in March, addressed to Kemp and Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston (R), from actress Alyssa Milano and signed by 49 other actors opposed to the legislation.
To @BrianKempGA & Speaker Ralston:
Attached, is an open letter signed by 50 actors against #HB481. On behalf of the undersigned–as people often called to work in GA or those of us contractually bound to work in GA–we hope you’ll reconsider signing this bill. #HBIsBadForBusiness pic.twitter.com/DsOmAWYU2x
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) March 28, 2019
“As actors, our work often brings us to Georgia,” the actors wrote. “But we cannot in good conscience continue to recommend our industry remain in Georgia if H.B. 481 becomes law.”
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