The midnight train to Georgia might have to leave without me.

May 2019

Georgia governor signs controversial ‘heartbeat bill’ into law

By Paul Krugman


Most black folks in America consider Atlanta to be the place to be because of its level of hippness, culture, and educational and job opportunities. Most connected and upwardly mobile black folks would rather send their children to Spelman and Morehouse than to Harvard and Yale. Atlanta bills itself as “the city too busy to hate”, and if you visit The A you will see why.

Atlanta has a problem, though, it is located in the state of Georgia. And while they might be too busy to hate in the city of Martin Luther King, their neighbors in the state of Georgia do not have the best record when it comes to tolerance and being progressive on issues.

The latest stain on the state’s legacy comes courtesy of a bunch of old white men who want to create a type of Handmaid’s Tale dystopian society. They have decided that a woman’s body should be controlled by the state, and if she tries to take control of it, it’s punishable by imprisonment.

Georgia’s draconian anti-choice law punishes women for trying to take control of their bodies six weeks after their last menstrual period (“Before many women even realize that they are pregnant.”) It also criminalizes doctors and other professionals who might help to induce abortions.

It gets worse. If the woman goes to another sate where these laws do not apply, it could apply to her because she is a resident of the state.

If some of these fanatics have their way we will soon find ourselves going back to the days of coat hangers and back room abortions. These right-wingnuts are emboldened because Mr. grab em by the pussy has stacked the courts with conservative Justices who have a very negative view of the female body.

Now, predictably, the backlash has begun And for that I am thankful. Movie production companies are threatening to pull out of the state.

“Georgia has been the location for the filming of multiple television shows and blockbuster films, including one of Such films and the production of wildly popular TV series including “The Walking Dead” and “Stranger Things” have resulted in an estimated $2.7 billion pouring into the Southern state from direct spending via 455 productions, the governor’s office announced last year.

Filmmakers J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele released a joint statement Friday stating they’d stand “shoulder to shoulder with the women of Georgia” as their new show “Lovecraft Country” begins shooting in the state. They promised to donate 100% of their episodic fees to the ACLU of Georgia and Fair Fight Georgia, an election reform organization.

“Governor Kemp’s ‘Fetal Heartbeat’ Abortion Law is an unconstitutional effort to further restrict women and their health providers from making private medical decisions on their terms. Make no mistake, this is an attack aimed squarely and purposely at women,” the joint statement read. “We encourage those who are able to funnel any and all resources to these organizations.”

On Thursday, Vachon, whose company has been behind such films as “Carol” and “Vox Lux,” made her stand known on Twitter.

‘Killer Films will no longer consider Georgia as a viable shooting location until this ridiculous law is overturned,’ she said. ”’

Good for these companies. Maybe if Georgia feels the monetary pressure that comes with a boycott they will come to their senses.

Alyssa Milano called for a sex strike against men, but that might be a step too far. I mean why punish all of us men for the acts of a bunch of zealots? Plus, women like sex as well. This type of protest assumes that only men enjoy sex.

Still, I dig her passion. And this is the kind of passion that will be needed to vote out the people who are making these types of laws and taking our country back to some very dark days.