What happens to abortion laws

When Georgia and Alabama passed new abortion laws in the spring, Hollywood was in an uproar. Georgia passed a law on May 7th banning any abortion after the sixth week of pregnancy - so many women don't even know for sure that they are pregnant that early. Doctors should be punished for abortions. A similar law was passed in Alabama a few days later, comparing abortion to the Holocaust in law, making no exceptions for rape and incest, and threatening doctors with up to 99 years imprisonment if violated. There are so-called heartbeat bills, Laws granting civil rights to every fetus once a heartbeat can be detected.

The artists Ava DuVernay, Chris Evans, Lady Gaga, Alyssa Milano all railed against the law. When Hollywood celebrities speak out, it is mostly on Twitter, which leads to a buzz of voices that no one has heard in the end. In any case, Hollywood would only have one option: the studios could no longer shoot in these states, i.e. they could no longer spend any more money, which would damage the local economy. It was hotly debated for a few days. In any case, there were quite a number of full-bodied confessions to Roe v. Wade, the precedent before the Supreme Court, which for the time being prevents the laws of these individual states from actually taking effect. In the end, a number of smaller production companies vowed not to shoot there anymore. The comedian Kristen Wiig, for example. Netflix boss Ted Sarandos said on CNN that locations would be reconsidered. A number of Netflix shows, such as Stranger Things, are filmed in Georgia. In addition, Netflix wants to take legal action against the abortion laws together with a civil rights organization. Not much more happened.

The main argument against a boycott is that the people who would be hit by such a boycott are not the ones who are responsible for the legislation. But now there are also Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Louisiana, one republican-ruled state after the other, which makes a boycott all the more difficult. But you can also argue differently. Vanity Fair quoted a producer on Hollywood's divided opinions on abortion who emphasized a certain duty of care. A company needs to think about what it would mean for an employee if they were involved in a lawsuit in Alabama or Georgia. When the text appeared, it still sounded somewhat paranoid. In the meantime, however, a woman is actually on trial in Alabama for a miscarriage. Marsha Jones is charged with manslaughter. Not because she volunteered to be shot in the stomach to end her pregnancy, but because a court ruled that the woman who shot her in the stomach acted in self-defense. It remains to be seen whether the prosecutor can get away with it.