Blockbuster actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish has indefinitely postponed her June 22 comedy show at Atlanta’s Fox Theater, in protest of Georgia’s new abortion law, also called the “Heartbeat Bill.”
In her act of protest, the “Secret Life of Pets 2” star stands with other celebrities who have spoken out against the controversial law, including Spike Lee and John Legend.
“After much deliberation, I am postponing my upcoming show in Atlanta,” the comedian and actress said in a statement. “I love the state of Georgia, but I need to stand with women and until they withdraw Measure HB481, I cannot in good faith perform there.”
HB481, also known as the “Fetal Heartbeat Bill” was signed into law by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on May 7. The restrictive law prohibits women from getting abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
According to medical experts, a heartbeat can be detected during pregnancies as early as six weeks, a time during many pregnancies that many women are not aware that they are pregnant.
“I read that bill and I think everyone should take the time to read it,” Haddish told People Magazine on Tuesday at the launch of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite at Universal Studios Hollywood. “And if you really read the whole thing, you realize that it’s not just about abortion, and I get it with the abortion thing, but I don’t think anyone should determine how you control your body.”
Georgia has been a central hub for the film industry due to its 30 percent tax break to companies who choose to film in the state. The film industry provides more than 90,000 jobs to the state of Georgia annually creating a 9.5 billion dollar economic impact.
In addition to Haddish’ response, television networks like AMC as well as streaming services like Netflix have threatened to stop filming in Georgia as a result.
“We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.
A number of Georgia politicians, including Kemp’s opponent for governor Stacey Abrams, have met with industrysaā executives to express her disdain with the law and urge them to continue filming in Georgia.