ATLANTA — Actress Tiffany Haddish has canceled her upcoming Atlanta show at Midtown’s Fox Theatre over Georgia’s new abortion law, known as the Heartbeat Bill. Over the weekend, Haddish sent a statement to ticketholders, saying, “After much deliberation, I am postponing my upcoming show in Atlanta. I love the state of Georgia, but I need to stand with women and until they withdraw Measure HB481, I cannot in good faith perform there.” The Fox Theatre is offering refunds.
Haddish is the latest celebrity to speak out against the law, which is set to take effect Jan. 1, 2020. The bill, authored by a suburban Atlanta lawmaker, it outlaws most abortions after about six weeks, which is when a fetal heartbeat is usually first detected. It would allow abortions in cases where the mother’s life or health is in danger, or in cases of medical emergency. It also says an unborn child at any stage of development in the womb would be included in state population-based counts.