For the last week and change, much of the United States has been engaged in debate and protest regarding anti-abortion legislature in multiple states. Notably, the state of Georgia passed a bill that essentially banned abortion that takes place past the first detection of a fetal heartbeat. Typically, the first heartbeat occurs as early as one month into pregnancy. In response, entertainers, activists and citizens alike have organized protests and used their platforms to voice their displeasure with the newly passed legislature.
Joining the fight against the anti-abortion legislature, Emmy-award winning director Reed Morano has elected to halt production of her upcoming show, The Power. Set to be released on Amazon, much of the show’s production took place in the state of Georgia. Morano wrote on Instagram, “It feels wrong for a reason.” She added, “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.”
The show’s executive producers, Jane Featherstone and Naomi De Pear, felt the same way as Morano. In a statement, the two wrote, “The collective decision taken by Sister Pictures and Reed Morano to cancel the planned scout to Georgia for The Power is a direct response to the signing of the ‘heartbeat bill’.”
The show has yet to commit to any new production locations in the immediate future.