by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | July 24, 2019

So far this year, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky and Louisiana have passed restrictive new abortion laws. While none of these measures has yet gone into effect, they have created a media firestorm, with pro-choice groups, corporations and others calling for a boycott of those states.

At press time, the Society of Gynecologic Oncology had canceled a September meeting scheduled to be held in Birmingham, Ala., and hundreds of members of the American Bar Association were urging their organization to skip Atlanta as a possible host for its 2021 midyear convention.

Of course, in the case of contracted meetings, there are legal ramifications to canceling. To find out more, Northstar spoke with Jonathan Howe, president and senior founding partner of Chicago-based Howe & Hutton, and Steve Rudner, founder and managing partner of the Dallas-based Rudner Law Offices. (And be sure to read our Q&A with Destinations International's Jack Johnson offering additional reasons that planners might want to consider alternatives to boycotting a destination.)

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