The move is a pretty clear response to Georgia’s recent passage of its restrictive “fetal heartbeat” abortion law.
Ariana Grande is putting her profits where her politics are in a huge statement to the state of Georgia, donating all proceeds from her recent Atlanta concert stop to Planned Parenthood.
That’s a hefty donation of $300,000, per TMZ, to the not-for-profit women’s health organization that provides a wide array of women’s reproductive health services, including legal abortions.
Since the "fetal heartbeat" bill was signed into law by Georgia governor Brian Kemp, many Hollywood studios have considered or begun pulling out of productions in the state. Still others have made bold statements about their considerations — including Disney, WarnerMedia, NBCUniversal, AMC and Netflix — should the law go into effect January 1, 2010 as it is currently expected to.
AMC, which has been producing "The Walking Dead" there since the show’s inception nearly a decade ago, has also stated they may consider relocating production if the law goes into effect. Disney filmed both "Black Panther" and "Avengers: Endgame" in the state, while Netflix produces "Stranger Things" there, among other productions.
With hefty tax breaks for film and television productions, Georgia has been one of the more popular destinations for Hollywood over the past several years, with Fortune reporting the state earned $2.7 billion in direct revenue from these productions in 2018 alone, though the actual financial impact is much greater.
Kristen Wiig’s upcoming film backed out of scouting locations in the film-friendly state already, as has director Reed Morano for his Amazon series "The Power," and they could just be the first of many.
Grande received some pushback on social media for her decision not to cancel the Atlanta stop of her worldwide "Sweetener" tour on June 6, but clearly she’s found another way to make a huge statement.
A direct and admitted attempt to challenge Roe v. Wade in the Supreme Court, Georgia is one of several state to pass these kinds of restrictive anti-abortion laws. It joins Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Ohio in putting on the books recent legislation that would challenge the de facto law of the land.
And while many of these laws will likely go into effect, they will also be challenged in the courts, which backers have admitted is their intention. Some have even admitted the laws are too restrictive, but they wanted to assure that they would be challenged so they can be appealed to the Supreme Court level.
With the latest two conservative Justices appointed to the highest court, anti-abortion advocate are more confident than ever that a direct challenge of the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling could overturn it and make abortions again illegal on the national level.
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