One of the biggest companies in the world dedicated to children’s entertainment is threatening to boycott Georgia over its new pro-life law.
On Wednesday, Disney CEO Robert Iger told Reuters that they probably will stop filming in Georgia if its abortion ban goes into effect, USA Today reports.
The law protects unborn babies by banning abortions once their heartbeats are detectable, about six weeks. However, abortion advocacy groups plan to challenge the law in court.
“I rather doubt we will [continue shooting in Georgia,]” Iger said.
He said he is watching “very carefully” to see how the legal battle unfolds.
“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,” Iger said. “I don’t see how it’s practical for us to continue to shoot there.”
Georgia is a popular filming location for TV and movies because of its generous tax breaks. Disney recently filmed “Avengers: Endgame” and “Black Panther” there, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Earlier this week, Netflix said it also may boycott the state for protecting unborn babies from abortions.
Actress Alyssa Milano has been pushing for a boycott for months, but, until this week, only a few small film and TV projects have stopped working there.
Earlier this spring, dozens of liberal celebrities, including “Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill, said they plan boycott the state because of the heartbeat law. Milano also is urging women to go on a “sex strike” to protest.
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Some companies opposed the pro-life measure as well, including Amazon.com and Coca-Cola Co., The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports.
Despite these threats, Gov. Brian Kemp signed the heartbeat bill into law earlier this month.
The Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act would ban abortions on an unborn baby after their heartbeat is detectable, around six weeks. It would allow exceptions for rape, incest and threats to the mother’s life. In addition, the bill would allow parents to claim unborn babies as dependents on their taxes and include the unborn baby in census data. It also would allow mothers to collect child support for pregnancy and delivery costs from the father prior to the baby’s birth.
The ACLU said it will sue to block the law in court.
Kemp commented on the Hollywood boycotts earlier this month.
“I understand that some folks don’t like this new law. I’m fine with that,” the Republican governor told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “We’re elected to do what’s right – and standing up for precious life is always the right thing to do. We are the party of freedom and opportunity. We value and protect innocent life — even though that makes C-list celebrities squawk.”
Some pro-lifers have renewed hope that the new conservative-majority U.S. Supreme Court will uphold an abortion ban and overturn Roe v. Wade. Others, however, are hesitant because of concerns about losing the court battle and being forced to reimburse pro-abortion groups for their legal fees.
Recently, a federal judge blocked Kentucky’s new heartbeat bill. In January, a judge also declared Iowa’s heartbeat law unconstitutional. North Dakota and Arkansas passed heartbeat bills several years ago, but federal courts struck down their laws as well.
There is more hope that the U.S. Supreme Court may consider an abortion ban, but it is difficult to say if it would for certain