Disney's CEO Bob Iger Responds to Georgia's Radical Abortion Law

02:47 06/02/2019

Abortion is one of those topics that are incredibly hard for everyone to agree on, but there is one executive speaking out against the recent new abortion law in Georgia.

Bob Iger, the CEO of Walt DIsney DIS , spoke to Reuters last week and said that it would be 'very difficult' for Disney to continue filming in the state of Georgia if a new abortion law takes effect. Disney's hits such as 'Black Panther' and 'Avengers: Endgame' were both filmed in the state.

It was last month that Republican Governor Brian Kemp signed into law a ban on abortion after a doctor can detect a fetal heartbeat. This is roughly at six weeks into a pregnancy and it is often before women even know they are pregnant, making it unfair for many women.

“I rather doubt we will,” Iger said in the interview about continuing to film there. '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. Right now we are watching it very carefully.”

If the law takes effect, “I don’t see how it’s practical for us to continue to shoot there.'

Netflix has also said that it would “rethink” its film and television production investment in Georgia if the law goes into effect. Comcast's NBCUniversal has also said that the spread of anti-abortion bills, if upheld by the courts, 'would strongly impact our decision-making on where we produce our content in the future.'

Netflix stated, 'We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law,' Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos told Variety. 'It's why we will work with the ACLU and others to fight it in court. Given the legislation has not yet been implemented, we'll continue to film there, while also supporting partners and artists who choose not to.' But — here's the but — 'should it ever come into effect, we'd rethink our entire investment in Georgia.'

'We operate and produce work in many states and within several countries at any given time and while that doesn't mean we agree with every position taken by a state or a country and their leaders, we do respect due process,' WarnerMedia has also stated. 'We will watch the situation closely and if the new law holds we will reconsider Georgia as the home to any new productions. As is always the case, we will work closely with our production partners and talent to determine how and where to shoot any given project.'


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