Tuesday, May 21, 2019
(WRDW/WAGT) -- Ron Howard, famed Hollywood director and former cast member of The Andy Griffith Show, has pledged to never work in Georgia again if the state's new abortion law goes into full effect.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Howard said his production company, Imagine Entertainment will continue shooting Hillbilly Elegy in the Peach State because he did not want to "abandon the hundreds of women, and men, whose means of support depend on this production – including those who directly contribute on the film, and the businesses in the community that sustain the production."
Howard's statement says his company sees the bill as an attack on women's rights and they will be making a donation to the ACLU. But that's not all.
"Should this law go into effect in January, we will boycott the state as a production center," Howard added.
Howard's pledge comes as other Hollywood production companies consider boycotting Georgia over the newly-signed law.
Enforcement of the law, which seeks to ban abortions after a fetus reaches the 6-week mark, begins in January.
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