Boycotts called for Alabama, Georgia over abortion bills

Lawmakers in two states have vowed to cancel all state travel to Alabama, while stars like Jason Bateman and Gabrielle Union are threatening to refuse productions in Georgia.
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We are going to turn to that heated backlash over the Alabama abortion law. This morning, calls for boycotts are growing louder from lawmakers to a-list celebrities vowing not to work or spend money in that state and it is not just Alabama now. ABC's Steve osunsami is in Atlanta and, Steve, Georgia now facing the same backlash in the wake of a new anti-abortion law there. Reporter: That's right, Cecilia. We are standing outside the front steps of the Georgia state capitol and the fight over abortion is not just legislatistic, it is becoming economic. Big budget Hollywood productions called the south home in the last years thanks to generous tax break, "Black panther," the "The avengers," "The behindside" and so much more. Now they're calling for boycotts. In Georgia which recently banned nearly all abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, Jason Bateman, Alyssa Milan that, Gabrielle union and John Cheadle are refusing to pull productions in the state where more than 150 TV shows and movies were filmed last year. Stacie Abrams encouraged them not to punish workers of the The only real xrooms is for government and politicians to say that we don't get to decide what a woman does with her body. Reporter: This morning democratic lawmakers in Maryland and Colorado are threatening to cancel all government travel to Alabama and threatening to pull investments from any companies headquartered there. On social media. The #boycottalabama is going viral. Abortion activists are calling for a total boycott of Mercedes-Benz which produces cars at a plant outside Tuscaloosa and headquarters in also targeting Alabama's $15.1 billion poultry industry. But those who have been fighting for decades to restrict or eliminate abortions are standing firm. I really believe that abortion is murder. I'd rather the babies be born and if the person doesn't want the baby then they can let somebody else adopt the baby. Reporter: Speaking to reporters on Thursday, vice president pence cheered the new laws saying I'm proud to be part of a pro-life administration and president trump and I have worked to stand for the sanctity of life since the outset of this administration. Democrats are promising to bring the fight on the issue. I can tell you one thing, if this is the fight that president trump wants, if this is a fight that he wants with the American people, if this is a fight he wants with America's women, it is a fight he will have and it is a fight he will lose. I don't want to be a fearmonger but I do believe they are trying to go on a path that will totally dismantle roe V. Wade and we have to be vigilant. Reporter: Even the top Republican in the house says some of these restricts go too In my whole political career I also believed in rape, sin -- incest or life of the mother there were exceptions. That's what Republicans have voted on. Reporter: If the movie industry were to get up and leave the state, the people that would be hurt the most are those who live in the most liberal counties. The people pushing these laws have a sense of righteousness on their side and no boycott will change that. Cecilia. You really captured that debate well, thank you.

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