Alyssa Milano Maps Out Abortion Guidelines Report for Filmmakers on State-by-State Basis

Alyssa Milano, an actress who has made her name better known more recently as an activist, has released a guide for filmmakers that show each state's stance on abortion.

The guideline is designed to persuade filmmakers to not do shoots in states, or areas of states, that have more stringent abortion laws, according to an exclusive report in Variety on Thursday.

As multiple states have passed "heartbeat bills" that make abortions illegal — even in cases or rape in some states — Milano has become an outspoken advocate for women to make their own decisions regarding their bodies.

Milano and Ben Jackson, an activist who co-authored the report, released a mission statement to accompany the report.

"Following the passage of a number of draconian attacks on a pregnant person's right to choose in 2019, including those in states in which the motion picture and television industries conduct significant business, it has become apparent that those in our industry need to be able to make informed choices," the report stated.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed a controversial heartbeat bill (HB 481) in May, but not without efforts by Milano to dissuade the governor from signing it. Milano lives in Georgia and has been filming "Insatiable" there. The show is a Netflix original, and Milano has threatened to leave the show if they continue shooting in the Peach State, and if a higher court does not rule it unconstitutional.

Milano said that since her spat and differences with her state's government, she has gotten calls from friends in show business.

"Since then, I've been fielding these inquiries about where productions could shoot," Milano said.

Milano said a month of research has been put into the report that gives filmmakers their guidelines.

A map that accompanies the report has states shaded in one of three colors on how women are affected by each state's abortion laws: red (most threatened), yellow (threatened) and green (least threatened).

Georgia is one of many states in the southeastern United States painted red. The only states in the entire southeast not colored red are Florida, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia, which are shaded yellow.

After brief statements in the report, it shows a map of the states with their shaded restrictions, and then it breaks it down state-by-state, detailing industry incentives, current laws and pending legislation per state.

The "least threatened" states are on the West Coast, Northeast and other states scattered across middle America like Illinois, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, Montana, Minnesota and Michigan. Alaska and Hawaii are also green.

"I asked if there was a version we could create with maps to the block of people that support a progressive policy, versus homes that are supporting a hurtful policy," Milano said. "Can we use these to pinpoint in red states where it is safe for productions to spend their money? She thought it was a brilliant idea."

Milano said her ultimate goal is to keep films like hers shooting, but to persuade state lawmakers to change their thinking to include women's decisions on their own bodies.

"The original idea was to prevent Gov. Kemp from signing this bill," Milano said. "We in the entertainment industry pride ourselves on inclusivity, equality and choice. All of these really symbolic, important things that we understand become a beacon for the country to follow suit."

Milano concluded by saying it isn't her goal to pull money from states like hers, but it is a delicate balance because it's a "very tricky balance of not wanting to ever cause families harm in the state of Georgia, but being aware enough to know that the only thing that changes the state of policy is usually money."

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Alyssa Milano attends the Lifetime Summer Luau on May 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Lifetime
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