Coverage of the Supreme Court abortion decision and what it means for Georgia

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Aug 4 2022
California Gov. Gavin Newsom tells Hollywood: Stop filming in Georgia
Aug 4, 2022 7:15 AM
Aug 3 2022
Donald Glover, Aaron Sorkin, 600 other men, join female producers seeking abortion protections for studio employees
Aug 3, 2022 12:22 PM
IVF patients started moving their embryos out of states with abortion bans when Roe fell
Aug 3, 2022 11:50 AM
Aug 1 2022
Some guidance issued for Georgians to claim embryos on their taxes
Aug 1, 2022 2:53 PM
July 29 2022
Issa Rae, Shonda Rhimes, 400+ others demand Hollywood studios protect workers’ abortion rights
July 29, 2022 7:45 AM
July 28 2022
AJC poll: Most voters oppose restrictions on abortion, Georgia’s new ban
July 28, 2022 6:00 AM
July 27 2022
Big Georgia companies keep mum after divisive abortion ruling
July 27, 2022 1:02 PM
July 26 2022
Abortion providers take challenge of ban on procedure to state courts
July 26, 2022 3:41 PM
Post-‘Roe,’ people are seeking permanent sterilizations, and some are being turned away
July 26, 2022 11:51 AM
July 25 2022
Abortion restrictions threaten financial security, women say
July 25, 2022 6:00 AM
July 23 2022
A maternity home for teens in the South makes plans to expand
July 23, 2022 8:05 AM
Georgia and abortion without Roe: Comparing 1972 and today
July 23, 2022 7:00 AM
July 22 2022
Medical, legal community has unanswered questions on Ga. abortion law
July 22, 2022 6:05 AM
July 21 2022
Herschel Walker downplays abortion ruling’s impact
July 21, 2022 4:58 PM
Abortion clinics scramble as Georgia’s restrictive new law takes hold
July 21, 2022 3:42 PM
Politically Georgia: What you need to know about Georgia’s anti-abortion law
July 21, 2022 6:48 AM
Georgia Tech student: End partisanship by student associations
July 21, 2022 6:00 AM
July 20 2022
Abortion appointments canceled as Georgians react to court ruling
July 20, 2022 7:14 PM
Court allowed Georgia’s abortion ban to take effect. What now?
July 20, 2022 5:38 PM
Federal court says Georgia’s anti-abortion law can now be enforced
July 20, 2022 4:25 PM
Georgia not alone: Neighboring states tighten abortion restrictions
July 20, 2022 4:13 PM
Federal guidance on abortion pills causes confusion among Georgia pharmacists
July 20, 2022 7:00 AM
July 19 2022
Three things to know about insurance coverage for abortion
July 19, 2022 6:15 AM
July 18 2022
Georgia colleges could be torn between federal, state laws on abortion
July 18, 2022 3:00 PM
July 16 2022
Legal arguments in judges’ hands as Georgia awaits abortion ruling
July 16, 2022 10:11 PM
July 14 2022
With the fall of Roe, LGBTQ couples fear same-sex marriage is next
July 14, 2022 5:00 AM
July 12 2022
UGA student: Abortion ruling threatens our futures. We won’t go back
July 12, 2022 6:00 AM
July 9 2022
GOP congressmen pressure UGA over ‘pregnancy centers’ website
July 9, 2022 8:00 AM
July 5 2022
Abortion ruling spotlights immigrants’ limited access to reproductive care
July 5, 2022 5:46 AM
July 4 2022
Abortion rights supporters take to Atlanta streets on Fourth of July
July 4, 2022 3:22 PM
July 1 2022
Georgia abortion clinics say demand has surged amid legal limbo
July 1, 2022 6:00 AM
Women talk about the choices they made about abortion
July 1, 2022 5:45 AM
June 27 2022
Inside City Hall: APD focused on ‘gangs, drugs and guns,’ not abortions
June 27, 2022 8:46 AM
June 26 2022
Abortion ruling reaction divided in metro Atlanta religious services
June 26, 2022 4:53 PM
Atlanta lawyers will rep anyone prosecuted for abortions for free
June 26, 2022 3:37 PM
Abortion ruling could pose risks for Georgia Republicans
June 26, 2022 9:33 AM
June 25 2022
Demonstrators gather in downtown Atlanta following Roe reversal
June 25, 2022 6:33 PM
In abortion ruling’s wake, Georgians remain divided, determined
June 25, 2022 2:34 PM
Georgia activists in abortion debate turn focus to November elections
June 25, 2022 2:22 PM
Georgia’s health safety net in spotlight as abortion ban looms
June 25, 2022 8:00 AM
Some firms expand health coverage after abortion ruling, others mum
June 25, 2022 7:00 AM
Georgia abortion rights advocates join protests after Roe v. Wade overturned
June 25, 2022 11:15 PM
June 24 2022
Opinion: Why your doctors may not stick around Georgia if abortion is banned
June 24, 2022 7:17 PM
Georgians react to the abortion ruling
June 24, 2022 5:28 PM
Eyes on appeals court as Georgians wait to see local impact of abortion ruling
June 24, 2022 4:31 PM
Atlanta City Council members condemn Supreme Court’s abortion ruling
June 24, 2022 4:01 PM
Georgia Republicans in Congress cheer, Democrats lament abortion ruling
June 24, 2022 3:29 PM
Politically Georgia podcast: Supreme Court reverses Roe v. Wade
June 24, 2022 2:10 PM
Fulton DA won’t use ‘precious tax dollars’ prosecuting abortion cases
June 24, 2022 2:06 PM
‘I am appalled.’ Stacey Abrams blasts Supreme Court’s abortion ruling
June 24, 2022 2:01 PM
Georgia not alone: Most neighboring states also plan to ban abortions
June 24, 2022 1:13 PM
DeKalb DA says she would not prosecute abortion-related cases
June 24, 2022 12:12 PM
Where Georgia women seeking abortion may have to travel
June 24, 2022 11:34 AM
Abortion ruling likely shifts focus of Georgia 2022 campaigns
June 24, 2022 11:12 AM
Abortion in Georgia: Here is what’s currently legal — and not
June 24, 2022 10:29 AM
June 17 2022
If Roe is overturned, Atlanta officials want APD investigations to be ‘lowest priority’
June 17, 2022 2:34 PM

California Gov. Gavin Newsom tells Hollywood: Stop filming in Georgia

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom, in a letter in Variety Magazine directed at Hollywood studio executives, said states like Georgia have legislatures waging “a cruel assault on essential rights” in contrast to California, “a freedom state.”

California, where most creative Hollywood executives still reside, has seen a huge amount of TV and film business in the past two decades move elsewhere courtesy of generous tax credits in places like Canada, the U.K., New Mexico and Georgia. A recent study by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation estimates the state lost $8 billion in economic activity between 2015 and 2020.

Georgia jumped in the tax credit game in 2004 and made them so enticing in 2008, films and TV shows from “The Walking Dead” to a raft of Marvel movies began flocking to the state. Now it’s the third largest state in America for film and TV production behind only California and New York, two significantly more liberal states. Three successive Republican governors have supported the credits in Georgia, touting the job creation.

While California has a tax credit lottery system intended to encourage TV series to stay, most big-budget movies have opted for places like Georgia and Canada which do not have caps on the credits.

Georgia, which has severely restricted access to abortion following the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade in June, was cited in the letter as “carrying out these attacks brazenly and with the intent to cause pain in the communities they target ― many of whom are essential to the success of your industry. Today more than ever, you have a responsibility to take stock of your values ― and those of your employees ― when doing business in those states.”

He dubbed California “a freedom state. Freedom to tell your stories. Freedom to access the health services you need, including abortion care. Freedom to love who you love and to ensure that your LGBTQ friends, family and colleagues can proudly be who they are. Freedom from repressive state governments that want to tell you what to believe and threaten you with felonies if you don’t toe the line.”

Newsom in the letter then asked decision-makers to “walk the walk’ and “choose California.”

Companies like Netflix, Disney and Warner Bros. Discovery have not made any public statements regarding Georgia’s abortion laws and have continued to announce new TV and film projects in the state.

About 1,000 TV showrunners have sent letters to big production companies seeking insight into how they plan to protect the rights of employees in states like Georgia when it comes to abortion access. If they don’t get satisfactory answers, it’s unclear if they may start actively avoiding projects in Georgia.