Last week, several Hollywood studios said that they will reconsider filming their projects in the state of Georgia if the “Heartbeat Law” stands up to legal challenges and goes into effect in January 2020. Under the "fetal-heartbeat bill," abortion would be banned as early as six weeks into pregnancy. The law has prompted mounting calls by activists, actors and others in the film industry to boycott the state.
MISC director Michael Taylor spoke with AFP journalist Jocelyne Zablit about this intersection between media and public policy in an article here.
"I don't know that it's a good financial decision for them... but I think sometimes you have to do the right thing as opposed to the financially prudent thing," he told AFP.
"Most people in town -- certainly at the studios and I put myself in this category as well -- thought that this was an issue that was settled with Roe v Wade," he added. "And when you see states trying to undo that, I think the right thing to do is to take a position and take your money elsewhere."