'Shut it down'

Spike Lee calls on Hollywood production companies to boycott Georgia in protest of restrictive abortion law

Spike Lee at the American Film Institute tribute to Denzel Washington on June 6, 2019, in Hollywood. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for WarnerMedia)

Director Spike Lee is urging Hollywood production companies to leave Georgia in protest of a law that would effectively ban abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, saying the time has come to “shut it down.”

Most studios have said they’re waiting to see if the law takes effect next year or if it gets blocked by the courts, according to ABC News. But at the arrivals line for Denzel Washington’s American Film Institute lifetime achievement tribute, Lee said now is the time to take action.

“I know it’s going to affect people’s livelihood. But that’s how things change,” Lee said, according to ABC News. “You’ve got to be on the right side of history, and the state of Georgia and those other states, they’re wrong.”

Georgia’s economy currently takes in $9.5 billion annually from the industry, ABC News reported.

In May, Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia signed one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country, effectively banning abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, when doctors can usually begin detecting a fetal heartbeat, according to The New York Times. In doing so, Georgia became the fourth state to enact a so-called fetal heartbeat law this year, according to the Times.

Kemp, a Republican, said in a signing ceremony that he is prepared for a legal battle, according to the Times. “Our job is to do what is right, not what is easy,” he said. “We are called to be strong and courageous, and we will not back down.”

Read the full story at ABC News.

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