- The Washington Times - Monday, May 20, 2019

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp isn’t worried about the Hollywood boycott threatening his state over its newly passed fetal heartbeat law, taking a jab at the “C-List celebrities” who “squawk” about abortion rights.

The Republican governor addressed the Georgia Republican convention on Saturday, defending the new law that bans abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy.

“I understand that some folks don’t like this new law. I’m fine with that,” Mr. Kemp said, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. “We’re elected to do what’s right – and standing up for precious life is always the right thing to do.”

“We are the party of freedom and opportunity,” he said. “We value and protect innocent life — even though that makes C-list celebrities squawk.”

More than 100 celebrities, including Jason Bateman, Alyssa Milano, Ben Stiller, Christina Applegate and Don Cheadle, have threatened Georgia with a boycott if the new heartbeat law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, survives court challenges.

Mr. Kemp blamed the hysteria on an “agenda-driven media” and the “talking heads and the Twitter trolls,” The Journal-Constitution reported.

“I still believe our best days are ahead in this great state,” he said. “Folks, this is a battleground state in 2020. And it’s time to hunker down and fight. The left is angry, they’re radical and they’re ridiculous.”

A top aide for Mr. Kemp’s former rival, Stacey Abrams, told The Journal-Constitution that the governor’s comments about the film industry show he “literally does not care” about effect it would have on Georgia.

“The only way to stop these men is to permanently take away their power,” Lauren Groh-Wargo said.

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