Published May 30, 2019The State of Georgia is among those that have proposed abortion bans through controversial legislation. While the new laws have not been passed just yet, the move is already seeing potential ramifications in the film world.
Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger said that Disney would likely stop Georgia-based production if the laws were to go into effect. Speaking with Reuters, he said is would be "very difficult" to continue production in Georgia if the laws passed.
"I think many people who work for us will not want to work there, and we will have to heed their wishes in that regard," he said. "Right now we are watching it very carefully."
Disney companies like Marvel have had a heavy presence in Georgia, with Black Panther shooting in the state, as well as four upcoming Marvel television series.
Netflix, another company with large ties to Georgia, would also likely act the same. Earlier this week, Netflix boss Ted Sarandos told Variety that the company would "rethink" its partnership with Georgia in the event that the law was passed.
On May 7, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed into law a ban on abortion after a doctor can detect a fetal heartbeat. This is approximately six weeks into pregnancy, when many women are still unaware that they're pregnant. If it is not shot down in court challenges, the law will go into effect on January 1.