Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams traveled to Hollywood Tuesday to meet with film executives, advocating for Georgia women and Georgia jobs.

This action takes place after Disney, AMC Networks and more have said they will re-think filming in Georgia due to the state’s new highly restrictive abortion law. Most recently, director Spike Lee has said now is the time for Georgia-based productions to “shut it down” and boycott the state’s booming film industry to drive change.

Georgia’s economy currently gets a $9.5 billion annual boost from the industry.

“There is a great deal of panic,” Abrams explained in an interview with 11Alive. “They haven’t had a clear sense of what Governor Kemp intends to do.”

Abrams was sure to maintain her position as a concerned Georgian. In 2008, Abrams advanced the bill through the Ways and Means Committee, paving the way for tax breaks and other benefits film companies, their contractors and employees enjoy today.

“Business relies on predictability – too many companies will face growing uncertainty in our healthcare environment. This forced pregnancy bill targets women but every Georgian is at risk if we lose doctors, jobs and billions,” Abrams tweeted Tuesday.

Wednesday, Seth Bringman, Abrams’s spokesperson, said the former Georgia gubernatorial candidate was filling a “leadership void” by reaching to the film industry and offering understanding for individuals who had called for a boycott.

“Leader Abrams went to Hollywood to meet with industry leaders, show respect for the calls for a boycott and recognize the historical power of economic boycotts, but also to encourage a more strategic path for the film industry to help Georgia women: by using the energy and resources of the industry to stay in Georgia and fight to create lasting political change,” Bringman said.

Current Georgia governor Brian P. Kemp postponed a trip to Los Angeles in May after he signed House Bill 481 into law.

Stacey Abrams speaks at Morehouse College’s Forbes Arena on Friday, November 2nd, 2018. Photo by: Itoro N. Umontuen / The Atlanta Voice

Itoro Umontuen currently serves as Managing Editor of The Atlanta Voice. Upon his arrival to the historic publication, he served as their Director of Photography. As a mixed-media journalist, Umontuen...

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