» Kemp signs anti-abortion 'heartbeat' legislation, sets up legal fight
"If the 'heartbeat bill' makes it through the court system, I will not work in Georgia, or any other state, that is so disgracefully at odds with women's rights," Bateman told The Hollywood Reporter. The actor's Netflix show "Ozark" and HBO show "The Outsider" are currently filming in Georgia. He also filmed "The Change-Up" here in 2011.
» Writers Guild of America warns Georgia that 'heartbeat' bill may cause Hollywood to flee the state
In late March, more than 40 Hollywood celebrities signed a letter sent to Georgia House Speaker David Ralston and Gov. Brian Kemp saying they will push TV and film production companies to abandon Georgia if the "heartbeat" abortion bill is signed into law, AJC columnist Rodney Ho reported.
Speaking at the Georgia Republican convention Saturday, Kemp acknowledged the growing fallout after he signed the anti-abortion law.
"I understand that some folks don't like this new law. I'm fine with that," he said. "We're elected to do what's right — and standing up for precious life is always the right thing to do."
Kemp added: "We are the party of freedom and opportunity. We value and protect innocent life — even though that makes C-list celebrities squawk."
» Kemp postpones film event in LA amid 'heartbeat' bill fallout
Howard, however, is hardly a C-list celebrity. As an actor, he has starred on “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Happy Days, and the movie “American Graffiti.”
As a director and producer, he has won multiple Academy, Emmy, People's Choice and Critics Choice Awards.
» Alyssa Milano tells Hollywood to leave Georgia after 'heartbeat' abortion bill passed the Senate