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Film Execs Call for Boycott Over Georgia’s ‘Heartbeat Bill’

Executives at CBS, Disney, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Sony, and Warner Media have been threatening to boycott Georgia and pull their filmmaking efforts out of the Peach State contingent on whether Georgia’s “heartbeat bill” goes into effect. They claim that the bill would impinge the so-called “right to abortion ” because the “heartbeat bill” would prohibit abortions when a baby’s heartbeat is detected, generally at six weeks.

“I think many people who work for us will not want to work there, and we will have to heed their wishes in that regard,” Disney CEO Robert Iger said. “If [the bill] becomes law, I don’t see how it’s practical for us to continue to shoot there.”

But with Georgia’s draw of massive tax break incentives for filmmakers and the fact that uprooting film projects would be both disruptive and potentially more costly, Peter Chernin, producer of The Greatest Showman and Hidden Figures, is suggesting a more practical tactic. In an email to some top executives, Chernin suggested a fundraising campaign to raise $15 million to fund the ACLU’s legal efforts and said, “We have a moral responsibility to act immediately.”

According to The New York Times, the Peach State offers 92,000 jobs connected to film and television production. Chernin’s approach would help pro-abortion executives avoid major losses by simply throwing money at a cause and letting the ACLU do the rest.

While liberal execs blow a lot of smoke in an effort to scare conservatives into bending over backward to accommodate their wishes, Georgia’s governor isn’t worried. “We’re elected to do what’s right—and standing up for precious life is always the right thing to do,” said Republican Gov. Brian Kemp.

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HHS Seeks to Roll Back Obama Interpretation of Civil Rights Laws

Around the same time that the latest International Classification of Diseases, ICD-11, was approved by the World Health Organization, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) submitted proposed regulations to roll back an Obama administration interpretation of section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which would have revised the understanding of discrimination on the basis of sex to include gender identity.

OCR Director Roger Severino explains, “When Congress prohibited sex discrimination, it did so according to the plain meaning of the term, and we are making our regulations conform. The American people want vigorous protection of civil rights and faithfulness to the text of the laws passed by their representatives. The proposed rule would accomplish both goals.”

HHS’ proposed change would mean that healthcare providers and health insurers would not be forced to provide services for “transgenders,” since “gender identity” would not be considered a protected class under civil rights laws.

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Planned Parenthood Ad Uses Term ‘Slay’ and Lies to Gain Supporters

Hollywood director Joss Whedon, known for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Avengers, recently created a short film called “Unlocked” as part of an ad campaign for Planned Parenthood that portrays the supposedly grim lives of three different women without the abortion giant. The ad campaign calls pro-abortion supporters to use their “super powers to slay.”

While Whedon’s “Unlocked” video promotes Planned Parenthood’s health care services like cancer screenings, STD education, and birth control pills, research by pro-life organization Live Action reveals that Planned Parenthood ultimately provides very little in what could be deemed women’s health services, while the number of abortions they perform continues to increase.

Writes ADF’s Marissa Mayer, “Women will not die if Planned Parenthood closes its doors. It is misleading, irresponsible, and frankly, dangerous, to try to convince women otherwise.”

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Religious Leaders and Political Affiliation

A new study by a Yale and Harvard research team reported in The New York Times shows how politically divided America’s pastors really are.

The study looks at the registered political affiliations of everyone from evangelical pastors to Jewish rabbis to Unitarian ministers to priests. Pastors of Foursquare, Assemblies of God, Pentecostal, Southern Baptist, Church of God, and Church of Christ churches tend to be Republican according to the study, while leaders of Jewish, Episcopal, and Presbyterian congregations tend to be Democrat. Those leading Methodist, Roman Catholic, and Greek Orthodox congregations are more of a mixed group.

Most religious leaders identified in the study are of a median age of 57 and are male with the exception of the Unitarian church, which has mostly female leaders.

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Alabama’s Pro-Life Law Challenges Roe Head-on

Late last week, Alabama’s Republican Gov. Kay Ivey signed the most pro-life bill into law thus far. The Alabama Human Life Protection Act makes all abortions illegal except when it is necessary to protect the life of the mother. An abortionist could be sentenced up to 99 years in prison for violating the law, which does not provide exceptions for instances of rape or incest.

“These new protections simply confirm what science and reason tell us about our most vulnerable Americans,” said 40 Days for Life President Shawn Carney. “The unborn should not be discriminated against but protected and given natural human rights. This is a great day for Alabama and America.”

Writing in the Washington Times, Vice President Mike Pence’s daughter, Charlotte Pence, said, “No one can enjoy any of the freedoms in America if they are not first given the right to life. While the law is hotly debated, its very existence—and the language included in it—may lead to a shift in our culture, one that will serve to produce long-term effects rather than fleeting reactions.”

But some say the shift needs to go even further with one writer suggesting that women who abort their own babies should not be exempt from criminal responsibility; murder isn’t just the sin of the abortionist.

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