People from across the world have spoken out against the anti-abortion law and believe that men shouldn't decide what females should do with their bodies
Just a day after Netflix threatened to stop production in Georgia if the anti-abortion law becomes a bill, Disney has now chimed in and showed its support for abortion rights. Netflix became the first major Hollywood studio to come against Georgia's anti-abortion law.
It all happened on May 7 when the state Governor Brian Kemp signed a bill that would make abortion illegal after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be done while a woman is about 6 weeks pregnant. And as expected, people from across the world have spoken out against the anti-abortion law and believe that men shouldn't decide what females should do with their bodies.
The Illinois House advanced a measure to strengthen abortion protections, after other states passed a string of anti-abortion laws.— AJ+ (@ajplus) May 28, 2019
The proposed law would make reproductive health a "fundamental right" and require insurance companies to cover abortions. pic.twitter.com/NZAgzbnJUU
However, Georgia's 'heartbeat' law has been receiving immense support from pro-life supporters. This has prompted several big production houses to speak against it and one among them was Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer. The company said the streaming giant would “rethink” its film and television production investment in Georgia if the anti-abortion law becomes a bill.
Netflix takes an admirable stand... No production in Georgia if choice on abortion is criminalized. More companies should and will do this if more states shift to extremes. https://t.co/cib5rysVza— Henry Blodget (@hblodget) May 28, 2019
Sarandos spoke about the issue said, "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. Should it ever come into effect, we’d rethink our entire investment in Georgia.” As reported by Variety.
And now Walt Disney chief Bob Iger has shown his support and said that the global conglomerate would find it very difficult to shoot in Georgia if the law comes into effect. And let's not forget, big-budget Hollywood movies like Black Panther” and “Avengers: Endgame" have been shot in Georgia so it would be a major loss for the state in terms of employment if the company decides to stop filming.
Georgia stands to lose Netflix & Disney. This means lost jobs for carpenters, hair dressers, food workers & 100s of small businesses grown right here. Billions in economic investment headed to states eager to welcome film + protect women. #Consequences https://t.co/GVZZFI2myn— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) May 30, 2019
Iger spoke exclusively to Reuters and said: “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.” Iger also said that if the law does come into effect, he couldn’t “see how it’s practical for us to continue to shoot there.”
And not just production houses, even celebrities are showing their support for abortion rights. In fact, nearly 50 Hollywood stars have signed a letter saying that they do not want the anti-abortion law to go into effect. “We’ve always found (Georgia) to be populated with friendly and caring people,” says the letter.
Louisiana lawmakers have passed a bill banning abortion once a heartbeat is detectable — a point before many women may realize they're pregnant.— NPR (@NPR) May 30, 2019
Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards is expected to sign it into law. https://t.co/LNZiRbYOr8
“We’ve found the hotels in which we stay and restaurants in which we dine while filming there to be comfortable and of high quality. We’ve been glad to bring billions of dollars in revenue to support Georgia’s schools, parks, and communities. But we cannot in good conscience continue to recommend our industry remain in Georgia if H.B. 481 becomes law.”
There have been several other musicians including Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Kacey Musgraves and many more who have joined voices against the controversial ban. They have all slammed the decision calling it “heinous”.