In dueling Deadline op-eds, the Hollywood face of abortion and the new, fresh face of the pro-life movement in film made their opposing positions clear — the former with threats and intimidations to the state of Georgia over a proposed “heartbeat bill”; the latter with a heartfelt appeal calling for the respect of all women, even those still “in the womb.”
Alyssa Milano, a vocal proponent of abortion, wrote her op-ed March 25 calling out the “heartbeat bill” set to be signed by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp next week, and referring to the bill as a “forced pregnancy bill.” She also, unsurprisingly, mentions the success the state is having as something of the “Hollywood of the South” due to the tax incentives the state offers film productions (while California makes it increasingly expensive to film there).
Georgia’s success in film is no accident. The state’s leaders go out of their way with huge tax incentives that attract these projects. That’s why it baffles me that, instead of continuing to foster a pro-film environment, state leaders are going down a divisive road once again, refighting culture wars and jeopardizing one of the state’s biggest sources of revenue.
This time, their target is women.
HB 481, the so-called “Heartbeat Bill,” would effectively ban abortion in Georgia. It should instead be called a “forced pregnancy bill” — because it would outlaw abortion before a woman even knows that she is pregnant. It’s the most anti-woman bill of its kind in the country, and it sends the exact wrong message about the kind of state Georgia’s leaders wish to create. In short, HB 481 would make Georgia the most regressive state in the country.
She also took to Twitter Thursday evening to clarify her position that government should not be involved in the abortion debate, although she glossed over (in fairness, she may not understand it) the federal abortion legislation Roe v. Wade that gave government a starring role in that debate.
8. Abortion is a decision to be made by a woman and her physician (and potentially her God if she’s religious).
It is not for the government to decide and it certainly is for no one to judge.#Trustwomen We will make the right choice for her health and her unique situation.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) March 29, 2019
Milano also headlined a letter to Kemp, signed by other notable Hollywood starts such as Rosie O’Donnell, Gabrielle Union, Patton Oswalt, Amy Schumer, Ben Stiller, Sarah Silverman, Don Cheadle, Mia Farrow, Essence Atkins, Uzo Aduba, and Christina Applegate. In it, the actors say they will begin boycotting Georgia as a viable filming location if Georgia doesn’t backtrack on their bill.
In a rebuttal, also published in Deadline, actress Ashley Bratcher, a Georgia native and star of the upcoming pro-life film “Unplanned,” (about the life of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director who undergoes an extraordinary change of heart) set Ms. Milano straight regarding the fact that one need not be pro-abortion to be pro-film production.
“I’m incredibly proud of my home state for taking a stand in the fight for life amidst backlash and dubious threats,” she exclaimed. “For the latter part of a year I’ve watched as women I’ve admired, like you, spoke out in regards to women’s rights, more specifically women’s reproductive rights. … One problem, you’re forgetting about the rights of women within the womb. If feminism is all about equal rights, then where are her rights?”
The actress said she recently learned her “life was spared on an abortion table,” adding, “You had the privilege of being born in 1972. My generation was not so lucky. Over 61 million lives never reached their full potential.”
In Milano’s piece, the activist called Georgia’s film success “no accident,” writing, “The state’s leaders go out of their way with huge tax incentives that attract these projects. That’s why it baffles me that, instead of continuing to foster a pro-film environment, state leaders are going down a divisive road once again, refighting culture wars and jeopardizing one of the state’s biggest sources of revenue.”
Bratcher countered, “Well Alyssa, let me make something very clear to you. In Georgia, we care just as much about being pro-life as being pro-film. We don’t believe in putting a price tag on the value of a human life. Our brave leaders have stepped up to say enough is enough, we will no longer sit idly by as innocent lives are taken by the thousands each day.”
The Georgia bill, known as the Living Infants Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act, would redefine “natural persons” under the law to “include an unborn child” and would effectively ban abortions after 6 weeks. Physicians would also need “to determine the existence of a detectable human heartbeat before performing an abortion,” and there are exceptions in cases of documented medical emergencies or if a woman is a rape or incest victim.
Apparently this is all too much for Milano and the sophisticates in Hollywood. Because heartbeats and pregnancies are inconveniences and should be disposable at will it seems. It’s a tragic shame there are so many women selling the philosophy of death, and willing to damage their own careers in support of it. As Bratcher says in her op-ed: “How sad it is that tax credits are a more important topic than the sanctity of human life.”
Because the truth, Ms. Milano, is that your career will be the only thing affected by your boycott. The Georgia film industry, and the unborn children in the state, will get along fine without you. Better, even.