- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Netflix came out against Georgia’s new anti-abortion law Tuesday, announcing that it is teaming up with the American Civil Liberties Union to fight it in court.

“We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, told Variety in an exclusive statement.

“It’s why we will work with the ACLU and others to fight it in court,” he said. “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.”

Georgia’s HB 481, which was signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp on May 7, bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is usually when a woman is six weeks pregnant. The law, which is expected to face court challenges, is slated to go into effect on Jan. 1.

A growing number of celebrities have joined a boycott against the state, where many films and TV shows are shot and produced. So far, Netflix is the only media company to threaten a boycott.

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