Gov. Lujan Grisham welcomes production companies to New Mexico

New Mexico

New Mexico’s governor is reaching out to Hollywood executives after they said they would take a stand against a controversial abortion ban passed in the state of Georgia.

Three production companies said they would be boycotting Georgia after the state’s governor signed a controversial abortion bill into law last week. The law would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. Gov. Brian Kemp said, “We will not back down, we will always continue to fight for life.”

A fetal heartbeat can be detected around six weeks of pregnancy. Critics say that’s before some women even know that they are pregnant.

According to the state’s website, more top-grossing films are produced in Georgia than anywhere else in the world.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says while women in Georgia no longer have a say in their own health care, Hollywood does have a choice in where it does business. She hopes they choose the Land of Enchantment. 

Actress and filmmaker Cassandra Rochelle Fetters said she moved to New Mexico to be part of the growing film industry and just wrapped up her first movie filmed locally.

“People aren’t even aware that there is a film industry in New Mexico. Like, I’ll talk to friends from other places, and they’re like really, New Mexico? But I feel like we have very unique locations. We have an amazing crew here,” said Fetters.

Fetters said she too would love to see more opportunity in the state. “They have so much going on over there, like really big TV shows and movies. All of the Marvel movies were filming over there and what that could be for New Mexico could just be amazing,” said Fetters.

Below is a statement issued by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham:

“The situation in Georgia is appalling to me and, I know, so many New Mexicans. I hope film companies make the ethical choice and invest in states that are clear about baseline human rights, not least a woman’s autonomy over her own body. To those production companies and filmmakers across the U.S. and elsewhere I would offer a simple reminder: New Mexico is wide open for business. Bring your cameras.” 

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