“I still cling to hope for our fragile, fractious democracy,” said Glenn Close, who marched alongside her best friends at the demonstration.
Earlier this week, Glenn Close joined activists protesting the new abortion legislation in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio, Utah, and Arkansas, where bills have been introduced to severely restrict access to safe and legal terminations.
Now, sharing photos from the demonstration in New York City’s Foley Square on Instagram, the critically-acclaimed actor has made a solemn promise to her fans: she will pull out of her next film project – scheduled to shoot in Georgia this summer – if the so-called ‘heartbeat bills’ become law.
“Me with one of my best, high school friends, at this past Tuesday’s demonstration against the latest anti-abortion bills, signed by various governors,” Close captioned the image, which focused on the placards held by protesters.
“I am filming in Georgia this summer, but, if these bills become law, I won’t be working for film companies in any if those states.”
Close added: “As a female American, in the 21st century, I still cling to hope for our fragile, fractious democracy. Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. Freedom of choice, as far as our bodies are concerned.
“I also wonder what the issues would be if men had babies?”
Close’s comments follow a statement from Kristen Wiig’s rep, who confirmed to CNN that her new comedy with Annie Mumolo, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, has pulled out of filming in Georgia as part of a growing movement to boycott the state.
Reed Morano and executive producers for The Power, an Amazon show by Sister Pictures, have similarly confirmed that they will not scouting for filming locations in Georgia because of the controversial bill.
“It feels wrong for a reason,” said Morano via Instagram. “And it felt wrong to us to go ahead and make our show and take money/tax credit from a state that is taking this stance on the abortion issue. We just couldn’t do it.”
And Mark Duplass, the man behind Wild Wild Country and Co-Ed, tweeted: “Don’t give your business to Georgia. Will you pledge with me not to film anything in Georgia until they reverse this backwards legislation?”
As Stylist previously reported, the controversial abortion ban means that, once a doctor is able to detect a foetal heartbeat (something which usually occurs at five to six weeks of pregnancy – before many women even realise they’re pregnant), they will not be allowed to perform an abortion. If they do, they could face up to 99 years in prison.
It is worth noting again that research consistently shows us that restricting access to safe abortions does not lower abortion rates: rather, women will be forced to seek more dangerous termination methods. Indeed, botched abortions cause about 8 to 11% of all maternal deaths in countries where abortion is illegal, according to the Guttmacher Institute.
You can find out more about how Hollywood is taking a powerful stance against anti-abortion legislation in America here.