Despite impending court challenges from Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, and boycotts from the Writers Guild of America and actress Alyssa Milano, Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed the Peach State’s “heartbeat” bill on Tuesday.
Other than in cases of rape, incest, physical medical emergencies, and pregnancies deemed “medically futile,” the bill, which takes effect January 1, 2020, would prevent any abortions when a heartbeat is detected, generally around six weeks. The state currently allows abortion in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.
“I can’t govern because I’m worried about what someone in Hollywood thinks about me,” said Gov. Kemp. “We cannot change our values of who we are for money. And we’re not going to do that. That’s what makes our state great.”
This is saying a lot considering Georgia is a major hub for the film industry. In the last fiscal year, the state was home to 455 productions, generating $9.5 billion in economic impact and $2.7 billion in direct spending.
But in the end, for the Georgia governor, it isn’t about economics. It’s about declaring Georgia a “state that values life” and “stand[s] up for those who are unable to speak for themselves.”
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