Bratcher said she was “middle of the road” about abortion for a long time, figuring it was up to the woman to decide. But then she was booked for the film and while she was filming, her mom told her for the first time that she almost aborted Bratcher when she was just 19, then changed her mind.
"I think that women deserve better," said Bratcher, who wrote an essay in Deadline last week countering the narrative driven by the likes of actress Alyssa Milano, who support women's right to have abortions. "Abortion is not healthcare. Now, it's time to focus on providing real quality healthcare that supports women and their babies. I am honored to be part of building a culture of life in Georgia."
While some crew and actors have publicly maligned the bill, which will face legal challenges once Kemp signs it, TV and film productions have stayed largely on the sidelines in the debate.
Bratcher challenged Milano to see her film. “It changed my life,” she said. “It’s truly Abby’s testimony. It changed my mind. I don’t think the general public really understands what happens during an abortion.”(The film got an R rating because of its graphic abortion scenes which Bratcher doesn’t believe are all that graphic .)
“We put a face on the victim,” she said. “You see ultra-sound images, not women’s personal parts.”
Personally, “I believe this is God’s providence. He planned this to bring my story full circle,” she added.
Bratcher also believes that businesses are pragmatic and won’t leave Georgia over this. “You come to any state understanding there are people there with opposing viewpoints,” she said. “I still work in New York and I don’t agree with what’s happening there.”
She met with Gov. Kemp last month and he read her Deadline.com letter before she posted it. He then retweeted it. “The governor is fully behind me,” she said. “I know his intentions. I believe in his cause.”
Bratcher, who has a nine-year-old son with her husband, said they want to adopt. “They can’t accuse me of not caring about children after birth,” she said.