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Federal judge blocks Georgia’s abortion ban, stopping heartbeat bill from becoming law

Planned Parenthood’s verdict: A “victory” for people.

From Yahoo: A federal judge has temporarily blocked a law in Georgia that would have banned abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected in the womb.

District Court Judge Steve C. Jones issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday that will stop the law, known as the ‘heartbeat bill,’ from taking effect while the case is argued in court. The bill was signed by Gov. Brian Kemp in May and was set to become law on Jan. 1.

A fetal heartbeat is typically detected at six weeks, which is before many women know they are pregnant.

The heartbeat bill’s exceptions include cases that involve rape or incest when the woman files a police report. It allows for abortions when a fetus is determined not to be viable or the mother’s health is in jeopardy.

The current Georgia law allows abortions up to the 20th week of pregnancy.

Planned Parenthood Southeast was joined by Sistersong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, Feminist Women’s Health Center and a number of patients and doctors in filing the legal challenge.

Staci Fox, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood Southeast, said the decision was a “victory for the people of Georgia and the entire nation.”

“To the countless Georgians who spoke out against this ban and were ignored, we promised to keep fighting every step of the way and we have,” Fox said in a statement. “To our partners, we promised we were in this together and we are. To Governor Kemp, we promised to see you in court, and we did. But most importantly, to our patients, we promised to protect access to safe, legal abortion and together we have.”

Kemp’s office said Tuesday that it was still reviewing the court ruling.

“Despite today’s outcome, we remain confident in our position,” said Candice Broce, a spokeswoman for Kemp. “We will continue to fight for the unborn and work to ensure that all Georgians have the opportunity to live, grow, and prosper.”

Georgia was one of seven states, along with Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Ohio to pass similar abortion bans this year. The laws have been challenged or already blocked in each state.

“The court recognized today that this law is blatantly unconstitutional and a clear attempt to overturn Roe v. Wade,” said Emily Nestler, senior staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights. “Instead of passing laws that restrict the rights of pregnant women, Georgia lawmakers should be implementing policies that help pregnant women.”

Nestler added that Georgia has the worst maternal mortality rate in the country.

Republican lawmakers say they are passing abortion bans with hopes that at least one challenge will escalate to the Supreme Court and overturn Roe v. Wade.

Kemp said earlier this year that the abortion ban was meant to “protect the innocent” and “champion the vulnerable.”

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Continue your boycott! Netflix loses subscribers; shares drop

Christians and Conservatives’ boycott of Netflix is having an effect!

Kaylee Greenlee reports for The Daily Signal that on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, Netflix’s quarterly report shows a loss of 126,000 domestic paid subscribers — its first in eight years — compared with analysts’ expectations for a 352,000 gain. Netflix also missed its own forecast for global subscriber growth by 2.3 million.

Before the release of the shareholders report, Netflix’s shares were up more than 35%. Now, the stock will open at its lowest price since January.

Not coincidentally, the dip in subscriptions came in the same quarter as Netflix’s decision to oppose Georgia’s pro-life heartbeat bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp (R), on May 7. Set to go into effect on Jan. 1, the law will impose restrictions on abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp

On the day of the bill’s passage, Gov. Kemp said he is standing by his promise to implement the “toughest abortion bill in the country” and that “Georgia is a state that values life. We stand up for those who are unable to speak for themselves.”

Following the bill’s passage, Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos told Variety that Netflix will work with the ACLU and others to “fight it in court,” and that “Should it ever come into effect, we’d rethink our entire investment in Georgia.”

See “Netflix joins fight against Georgia’s abortion law

At the time, Lila Rose, 30, president and founder of the pro-life nonprofit Live Action, tweeted her opposition to Sarandos’ comments:

“Half the country is pro-life. The vast majority want abortion limits. Netflix’s pro-abortion views are regressive and don’t belong in a civilized, loving society. Wake up, Netflix. Many of your employees, customers and America are increasingly pro-life.”

Commenting on the drop in Netflix’s domestic subscription, Rose said: “When Georgia passed the Heartbeat bill, Netflix threatened to stop doing business in the pro-life state. Thousands of pro-life customers expressed their outrage.”

According to MarketWatch, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said no single factor led to the subscription shortfall, but that a pricing increase, the quarterly content slate and seasonality were all factors. Eric Haggstrom, eMarketer forecasting analyst, said Netflix was hurt by the defection of lower-priced subscribers who may be looking to jump to a wave of competing services over the next 6 to 18 months.

Netflix characterized Q2 as a momentary blip and projects a strong third quarter, with 7 million paid subscriber additions worldwide. A shareholders report also tried to put a positive spin, stating that Netflix’s “U.S. paid membership was essentially flat in Q2, [but they] expect it to return to more typical growth in Q3.”

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Spike Lee tells Hollyweird to “shut it down” in Georgia over their heartbeat bill

CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 15: Director Spike Lee holds up a fist as he attends the photocall for “BlacKkKlansman” during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 15, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Another self-important Hollyweird celebrity who thinks he knows what is best for the citizens of Georgia rather than the elected officials.

Hey Spike, why don’t you worry about the kids being killed in the streets of Chiraq? You know, the same name of your 2015 film that lost $12.3 million dollars? Guess you can’t be bothered with them since that gun violence avenue didn’t make you any money. See his Instagram for what is REALLY important to him (Hint: self-promotion.) Hypocrite.

From MyFoxChicago: Director Spike Lee is calling for Hollywood production companies to leave Georgia over a law that would ban abortions as early as six weeks, upon detection of a fetal heartbeat.

Most studios that have commented have said they’re waiting to see if the so-called “heartbeat” law actually takes effect next year, or if the courts will block it. But at the arrivals line for Denzel Washington’s American Film Institute lifetime achievement tribute Thursday, Lee said now is the time for Georgia-based productions to “shut it down” and boycott the state’s booming film industry to drive change.

Lee acknowledged that a mass exodus could dent livelihoods, but cited black bus drivers affected by the Civil Rights Movement-era boycott in Montgomery.

“I know it’s going to affect people’s livelihood. But that’s how things change,” Lee said. (Well it certainly won’t affect HIS livelihood so NBD, right?)

“You’ve got to be on the right side of history, and the state of Georgia and those other states, they’re wrong,” he added.

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

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Netflix joins (sort of) fight against Georgia’s abortion law

Never had Netflix…never will.

From Hollywood Reporter: Netflix says it will fight a controversial abortion law in Georgia and may “rethink” its operations there should the law go into effect.

The company’s statement on the law is a rare public stance from one of the industry’s heavyweights; major studios have thus far remained silent on the legislation, which would ban abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat — which can happen as early as six weeks into pregnancy.

“We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement.

“It’s why we will work with the ACLU and others to fight it in court. Given the legislation has not yet been implemented, we’ll continue to film there — while also supporting partners and artists who choose not to. Should it ever come into effect, we’d rethink our entire investment in Georgia.

Thanks to generous state tax credits, Georgia has become a hub of film and TV production and employs some 90,000 people in the state. Since Gov. Brian Kemp signed the fetal-heartbeat bill May 7, at least two productions — Amazon series The Power from Reed Morano and Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo’s Lionsgate feature Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar — have said they will relocate their productions. Producers including David Simon, Christine Vachon, Mark Duplass, Neal Dodson and Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson have also said they will steer clear of the state for future productions.

Others, including J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele (HBO’s Lovecraft Country) and Imagine’s Ron Howard and Brian Grazer (Netflix film Hillbilly Elegy), have said they will continue filming in Georgia but make donations to groups fighting the law.

“We stand with Stacey Abrams and the hardworking people of Georgia and will donate 100 percent of our respective episodic fees for this season to two organizations leading the charge against this draconian law: the ACLU of Georgia and Fair Fight Georgia,” said J.J. Abrams. “We encourage those who are able to funnel any and all resources to these organizations.”

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Scared students rejecting colleges in states with strict abortion laws

As Dana Schuster reports for NY Post: One Upper East Side family is sending Washington University a big, fat rejection letter.

On Friday, the governor of Missouri, where the well-respected school is located, signed a bill outlawing abortion after eight weeks.

The legislation was a deal-breaker for Ellen Bender and her daughter, Eliza, a junior at Horace Mann prep school, who planned to visit the school in June.

“These laws are not really good for women,” said Ellen, a retired litigator. “It puts my child into a situation [where] I might think twice about her safety.”

Missouri joins five other states — Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Georgia and Louisiana — that have passed so-called “heartbeat bills” this year.

In April, Alabama passed a bill where doctors who perform abortions in the state could face 99 years in prison.

The bans, which are not yet in effect, are being vehemently fought by everyone from lawmakers and Hollywood celebrities to high-schoolers making college plans.

“This is a serious thing,” said Amanda Uhry, a private-school admissions consultant in New York City. “I’ve had 61 college-admission clients remove Georgia and Ohio schools from their list for next year,” she said, adding that one of these clients is a double legacy at Emory, in Atlanta.

An Upper West Sider who asked to remain anonymous said she nixed Oberlin — her teenage daughter’s dream school — after a heartbeat bill was passed in Ohio last month.

“For someone who is studying music, Oberlin was always on her list of colleges,” the mother, who works in media, said of her daughter. “She texted me and was like, ‘WTF,’ when the Ohio law was passed. She wants to have control over her body and her rights.

“People are shocked and scared,” Uhry explained. “They were like, ‘What are we going to do if we send our daughter there and she gets pregnant?’ ”

Said Bender: “Some of my friends have said, ‘If your daughter goes to college in Georgia and, God forbid, she gets pregnant, she can always come to New York for an abortion.’ ”

But, she added, that’s missing the point: “If the legislators passed those laws, they won’t be friendly legislators for women in general.”

(Spokespersons for Washington and Emory universities did not return calls for comment by press time, while a representative for Oberlin declined to comment.)

It’s not just prospective college students blacklisting states. Hollywood is up in arms after Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia, a popular hub for production thanks to its 30 percent tax rebates, signed the state’s heartbeat bill on May 7.

One day later, David Simon, creator of “The Wire” and “The Deuce,” tweeted that he was boycotting the Peach State.

Last week, director Reed Morano announced that she would no longer film scenes from Amazon Studios’ “The Power” in Georgia. Kristen Wiig and writing partner Annie Mumolo, who are working on the new comedy “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar,” followed suit, also pulling out of the state, according to Variety.

Uhry said the anger — and fear — has only just begun, especially for her college-bound clientele.
“Everyone is scared,” said Uhry. “What state should we take off the list next?”

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Actress calls her abortion, “the best decision I have ever made”

I’ve never heard of this actress, Jameela Jamil. She’s a Brit who moved to the US to pursue her acting career. She’s also unaware of the definition of “inhumane.”

From Yahoo: Jameela Jamil disclosed she had an abortion after last week’s signing of a controversial six-week abortion ban in Georgia.

“I had an abortion when I was young, and it was the best decision I have ever made,” Jamil wrote on Twitter. “Both for me, and for the baby I didn’t want, and wasn’t ready for, emotionally, psychologically and financially. So many children will end up in foster homes. So many lives ruined. So very cruel,” she said of the ban.

Inhumane and cruel partial birth abortion

Signed last week by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, the so-called “heartbeat bill” outlaws abortion after six weeks of pregnancy. That’s usually when doctors can start to detect a fetal heartbeat, but it’s also before many women realize they are pregnant.

This anti-abortion law in Georgia is so upsetting, inhumane, and blatantly demonstrative of a hatred of women, a disregard for our rights, bodies, mental health, and essentially a punishment for rape victims, forcing to carry the baby of their rapist,” wrote Jamil.

The actress, 33, also clarified that she was not criticizing foster care.

“Ps.. this isn’t any diss at ALL to foster homes. I’m in awe of people who take in children in need of a family and a home: but if Georgia becomes inundated with children who are unwanted or unable to be cared for, it will be hard to find great fostering for them all.”

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