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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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World Health Organization Redefines ‘Transgender’ Condition

The World Health Organization is no longer labeling “transgenderism” as a mental illness in its latest International Classification of Diseases, ICD-11, which was approved at the end of May. What used to be termed “gender identity disorder” will now be referred to as “gender incongruence” and will now be found in the sexual health chapter instead of the chapter on mental disorders.

A WHO representative explained, “We had a better understanding that this was not actually a mental health condition, and leaving it there was causing stigma.”

According to ICD-11, “Gender incongruence is characterized by a marked and persistent incongruence between an individual’s experienced gender and the assigned sex.” The term is the same as “gender dysphoria” used by the American Psychiatric Association.

The WHO’s latest reclassification has been met with both praise from the LGBT supporting Human Rights Watch and frustration from a group of trans activists who don’t think the definition is progressive enough.

As of now, countries have until 2022 to conform to the WHO changes.

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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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TN Attorney General Unable to Derail Pro-Life Law

This week the Judiciary Committee in the Tennessee Senate moved to the Senate floor a bill that would ban post-viability abortions except where necessary to save the life or physical health of the mother. Though multiple laws exactly like this one now exist and none have been ruled unconstitutional, Tennessee’s attorney general issued an opinion saying the bill was “constitutionally suspect” because it, like the other laws, did not include an exception for a mother’s “emotional health.” Thankfully, the committee was provided testimony from someone who is truly an expert relative to constitutional law and abortion, and the majority voted in favor of the bill despite the attorney general’s opinion.

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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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