- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 30, 2019

Walt Disney Company’s Chief Executive Bob Iger said Wednesday it would be “very difficult” for the company to continue filming in Georgia when the state’s new restrictive abortion law takes effect.

“I rather doubt we will. 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. We’re being careful and cautious about it. … I don’t see how it’s practical for us to continue to shoot there,” Mr. Iger said to Reuters.

Disney has shot many large-scale productions in Georgia, including “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Endgame,” and their absence would likely hurt the state’s economy and job opportunities.

The news follows Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos saying the state’s bill would lead to them rethinking “[its] whole investment in Georgia.”

Production companies and more than a hundred actors have threatened boycotts of the state after Gov. Brian Kemp signed an abortion law into effect Tuesday that would prevent abortions if doctors can detect a fetus’ heartbeat, which can be detected up to six weeks into pregnancy before a woman may know she is pregnant. 

The law is slated to take effect on Jan. 1 and will likely be met with court challenges. 


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