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A film production company is moving from Arkansas in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last month to overturn Roe v. Wade, who is now allowing the GOP-led state abortion trigger law to go into effect.
The movie, “Eric Larue,” will now shoot in North Carolina, where abortion is still legal with some restrictions, FOX 16 in Little Rock reported.
Arkansas’ trigger law bans nearly all abortions in the state and does not allow exceptions for rape and incest. The law only allows the procedure when it is necessary to save the mother’s life in a medical emergency.
The law makes it a felony, punishable by a fine of up to $100,000 or 10 years in prison, or both, for doctors who perform abortions. The restriction does not target patients who have had an abortion.
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In North Carolina, on the other hand, abortion remains legal even after the Supreme Court ruling. However, a state law that has already been blocked in court could ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
And the state already has certain abortion restrictions, including a mandatory three-day waiting period before a woman can receive the procedure, a ban on the use of telemedicine to administer abortive drugs, and the requirement that a patient must first undergo an ultrasound before obtaining an Abortion.
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More relaxed abortion laws in North Carolina have made it a more attractive destination for producers of “Eric Larue,” the screen adaptation of the stage play under the same name. The play was written by Brett Neveu and debuted in 2002 at A Red Orchid Theater in Chicago.
The piece was created in response to the 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.
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Actor Michael Shannon will make his directorial debut with the film, which follows the mother of the 17-year-old gunman who fatally shot three of his classmates, and focuses on how people deal with trauma .