Comedian Tiffany Haddish is using her celebrity power to take a stance against anti-abortion laws. The “Girl’s Trip” star decided to postpone her June 22nd stand-up comedy show in Atlanta to protest the recent laws passed in Georgia that makes abortion practically illegal.
“After much deliberation, I am postponing my upcoming show in Atlanta. 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,” Haddish said in a statement.
Measure HB481 deems abortion illegal after a heartbeat can be detected in the uterus. Heartbeats can be detected as early as 6 weeks into pregnancy, which is really only two weeks after a missed period. That short window of time does not give fair space for any woman to make a decision regarding her health, livelihood or family when it comes to pregnancy.
Tiff is the latest in a string of celebrities who have used their influence to try to impact legislative decisions.
Georgia has become a major hub of Hollywood filming, with both “Black Panther” and “Avengers: End Game” being shot on location in the Southern State. “The Wire” creator vowed to remove Georgia from the list of filming locations until the measure is appealed. Jordan Peele and JJ Abrams are filling their HBO show “Lovecraft Country” in Georgia, but pledged to donate episode fees to the ACLU and other groups who are pro-choice advocates.
Other large studios like Disney, Netflix, AMC Networks & AMC have treated to pull production from the state in the wake of the law, but so far, no one has officially pulled the plug.
The law is set to go into effect on January 1st of 2020. It’s good to see Hollywood leveraging their weight to put pressure on lawmakers who seek to limit women’s rights.