ATLANTA, GA (WTVM) - A new bill quickly making its way through the Georgia legislature could have unintended effects on the state’s booming film industry.
The Writers Guild of America is now stating their opposition to the state’s heartbeat bill and urging Georgia Governor Brian Kemp to veto the bill once it crosses his desk.
The heartbeat bill, which passed the Georgia state Senate last week, would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.
The joint statement from both the east and west chapters of the Writers Guild of America, says in part, “This law would make Georgia an inhospitable place for those in the film and television industry to work, including our members.”
Women in Georgia can currently seek an abortion during the first 20 weeks of a pregnancy, but a heartbeat can be detected in an embryo as early as six weeks.
The Writers Guild of America calls the bill “a blatant attack on every woman’s right to control her own body.”
According to the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office, 38 movies and television shows are currently being filmed in the state.
Blockbusters like “The Hunger Games” series and many films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe were filmed in Georgia, alongside multiple hit TV shows, like “The Walking Dead," “Stranger Things” and “The Vampire Diaries.”
The heartbeat bill has passed both the state House and Senate and is now moving back to the House before heading to Gov. Kemp’s desk.