Protesters opposed to the bill clogged the hall outside the committee room, at times chanting loudly. A senate committee passed an amended version of the anti-abortion "heartbeat bill" early Monday, setting it up to possibly be debated on the Senate floor by the end of the week. State Rep. Ed Setzler is the bills sponsor and Sen. Renee Unterman will be carrying the bill in the Senate.
Photo: Bob Andres,
Photo: Bob Andres,

Film and TV crew members ask film, TV studios to publicly oppose Georgia  ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill 

Originally posted Thursday, March 28, 2019 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

In a new tact, more than 60 Georgia film and crew members have sent an open letter to production companies HBO, Sony,  Disney, Universal Pictures, Marvel and Netflix to publicly oppose the “heartbeat” abortion bill.

The people who signed the letter include set designers, location managers, props managers and drivers. 

They noted that film studios pressured Gov. Nathan Deal to veto a “religious liberty” bill in 2016. “We now need the studios to do the same again,” the letter said. “As employers to hundreds of women and people who are able to reproduce, it essential that your employees are able to manage their bodies and have the ability to make critical life decisions on their own.”

To date, none of the aforementioned production companies, who all do business in Georgia and take advantage of the state’s generous tax credits, have chosen to publicly take a stand on the bill, which is currently in the House. Gov. Brian Kemp has said he would sign the bill, which greatly restricts abortions six weeks after conception.

“These studios must demand Georgia to listen to the state’s medical experts and stop House 481 from becoming law. As employers to thousands of Georgians, it is immoral and irresponsible to remain silent when reproductive rights are under attack,” the letter concluded. 

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Here is the list of crew members who signed the letter:

Jaime Rosengren, On Set Dresser 

Rebecca Rathier, Film Industry 

Freelance Anna Davis, Key Assistant Location Manager 

Natalie Karp Allowitz 

Kristin Killey, Unit Production Manager 

Dawn Beagan 

Jay Pelissier, Art Director 

Cindy Carr, Set Director 

Rachael Tartell, Location Manager 

Savannah Andries, Set Dec Assistant 

Brittany Wages, Photographer and Production Coordinator 

Ebony Blanding 

Kate Adelung, Video Production Manager 

Haley Haircloth 

Molly Coffee, Production Designer 

Hannah Johnson, Wardrobe Stylist 

Megan Dahl, Line Producer 

Aparna Sharma, Consultant 

Caitlin Elmes, Set Decoration Buyer 

Parker Woods, Set Dresser 

Laurie Bookhardt, Art Coordinator 

Jonna Capehart, Set Decorator 

AJ Austin, Set Dresser 

Steven Spelman, Assistant Prop Master 

Steven Greer, Assistant Prop Master 

Heather Haynes, Props Assistance 

Shelby Treichler, Props Person 

Molly Ebner, Set Decoration Buyer 

Robert Rosengren, Set Dresser/Gang Boss 

Carmer Rice, Creative 

Emily Pietro, Set Dresser 

Kacie Craver, Set Dresser 

Schenley Sargusingh, Best Boy Electric 

Cameron Sherman, Craft Services 

Susan Tanner, Set Dresser 

April Thornton, Locations Assistant 

Jay Odum, Dimmer Board Operator 

Trent Walker, Camera Loader 

Bobb Lovett, Gaffer 

Jessica Pinkstone, Commercial Production Designer 

Deidra Lynn Currie, Prop Assistant, On Set Dresser, Set Dresser 

Eric West, Set Dressing Gang Boss 

Steven Freeman, Set Dresser 

Jonathan Hall, Set Dresser 

Victoria Coffee, Art Department Coordinator 

Gabrielle Levesque, VFX Data Wrangler 

Adrianne Skrzypek, Assistant Prop Master 

Josh Romeo, Performer 

Allen Robinson, Key Grip, Best Boy Grip, Grip 

Sofia Yankelevitch, Props Person 

Matthew Beaty, Assistant Location Manager 

Mike Germon, Props Department 

Allyson Lally, Set Decoration Buyer 

Ariel Kaplan, Assistant Prop Manager 

Jascha Ogarra, Driver 

Hannah Tarr, Standby Painter 

Annie Rhodes, Producer’s Assistant 

Jared Fleury, Property Master 

Oren M., Second Assistant Camera 

Jennifer Fleury, On Set Dresser 

Josephine Figueroa, Creative Project Manager 

Vanessa Smith IATSE 479 Set Decorator 

Catherine Campbell, Set Dresser

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.