Listen: Rising Democratic Party Star Urges Hollywood Not To Leave Georgia Over Abortion Law
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But the solution to this challenge, does not come simply from REM. Moving economic opportunities. It actually comes from changing the composition of our leadership. Because while this force pregnancy Bill is one attempt to remove access to health care, their other bills that will follow, if this one doesn't succeed if we want a permanent solution, we need a permanent change in that means investing in political change in the state of Georgia, and that's why I need people to stay and fight. Although can't you do both to some degree. I mean, there are examples of how economic boycotts, can at least creep public pressure that leads to change. I'm thinking of the two thousand sixteen boycott of North Carolina over the transgender bathroom Bill or the boycott that in Indiana of the tension between gay rights and religious freedom. I mean those boycotts created public pressure that helped leverage change. They did. But we have to remember that the LT Hugh community years, building a narrative within the corporations that work while it's happening now has not reached the same place. That's why you see that. It's the entertainment industry. That's pushing back. But when the religious freedom bills, removing it with fortune five hundred company that was tech company, the challenges that in two years, this Bill will likely become law, and if we want to repeal it, we have to recognize the people who pass this law for those legislators, this isn't democ too, how they win election. These are not people who are going to rescind their beliefs or their votes. And so the most effective way to change the outcome is to actually change the people were making decision. Do you think Democrats have missed the boat and not creating the kind of foundation and structure around abortion, that Republicans have over the years. I don't think that they've missed the boat. I think there is a belief that because of the supreme court had made Roe v Wade settled law. And because for forty years the battle despite being joined had never truly moved in the direction of repeal of review weighed, I think Democrats did believe that we were in a safer position. How? Ever my responsibilities to meet the challenge where it stands. And I'm proud of the work that's being done by reproductive choice groups. I'm proud of the voices were hearing coming out of the democratic leaders. But we also have to remember that if Roe v. Wade is overturned, it doesn't ban abortion. It's simply returns the responsibility 'cause the state, and we want the state of Georgia to be effective to have a business climate, that invites not only the entertainment industry with other companies we have to solve our healthcare crisis and that includes solving the crisis of making sure women have access to healthcare by having access to reproductive choice. Former vice president, Joe Biden recently reversed, his long-held support for something called the Hyde amendment which essentially bans federal funding for abortion. Do you believe all Democrats should have a uniform position on all aspects of the abortion debate? I believe that leaders are required to serve the people and abortion access is a healthcare. Right. It is the way women can control their bodies until their futures are economic destiny. And while your personal beliefs are absolutely yours as a leader. I believe that we should be pushing for and electing leaders who reflect that value who believe that women should have the right to make healthcare decisions for themselves, and their families that should be a litmus test for all Democrats running for president. I, I don't use that language, but I do think that for the purposes of this election, we have uniformity among the, the candidates, and I think that's a good thing. There are more than twenty Democrats running for president. Is there space for you? I think that there is space formation. I decided that I can add value to this contest. I have not decided that yet and my job right now is to protect jobs in Georgia. Protect women in Georgia by not only holding onto the entertainment industry jobs that we have, but also thinking about the next five years in ten years in forty years. We should not have to continue litigating bodily atonomy for women. Reproductive freedom for women and my mission is the most TJ way we can secure those rights. And right now, that means staying in fighting in Georgia that was Stacey Abrams talking with Rachel Martin."