'The Walking Dead' may not continue filming in Georgia if abortion ban takes effect, says AMC
Hollywood has held its ground and several industry giants have come together to stand against the restrictive law by threatening to remove millions of dollars of income for the state as they will take their business elsewhere.
AMC's 'The Walking Dead' is reportedly considering moving from their home base of Atlanta, Georgia, if the abortion bill is passed in the state.
The apocalyptic TV show from AMC had been filming in the southern state of Georgia for the last 10 years and is currently filming its tenth season in a specially-made set.
A representative from AMC, however, says that should the 'heartbeat bill' be passed, the show could join those from Hollywood who are removing their business from the state in protest.
"If this highly restrictive legislation goes into effect, we will reevaluate out activity in Georgia. Similar bills - some even more restrictive - have passed in multiple states and have been challenged. This is likely to be a long and complicated fight and we are watching it all very closely," they were reported saying.
The Heartbeat Bill restricts abortions after a heartbeat is detected, which can occur as quickly as six weeks into pregnancy - a time when even the woman isn't aware she is pregnant.
If the bill goes through, pending any legal issues, it will come into effect from January 1, 2020.
Hollywood has held its ground and several industry giants have come together to stand against the restrictive policy by threatening to remove millions of dollars of income for the state as they will take their business elsewhere.
From the long list of businesses threatening to do so is Netflix (who recently filmed 'Stranger Things' in the state) and Walt Disney Co. who said it would be 'difficult' to remain in the area.
Actors have also announced that they intend to turn down jobs that shoot in the states that will run the Heartbeat Bill - including Sophie Turner. Most recently, 'Lucifer' star Tom Ellis and fiance Meaghan Oppenheimer also pledged their support to Planned Parenthood and asked fans and guests to their upcoming nuptials to donate to this cause instead.
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