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Disney CEO, Bob Iger Threatens To Stop Production In Georgia If Abortion Bill Goes Ahead!

It’s been reported that Disney CEO Bob Iger has threatened to stop filming in Georgia if the near total ban on abortions goes into effect.

Without the exception of cases of rape and incest, the ‘heartbeat bill’ would effectively ban all abortions in the state from the moment a heartbeat can be detected in the fetus.

Bob Iger has joined the long list of influential people who have reconsidered whether they wish to continue working in the state if the controversial law goes into effect.

When Iger was asked about the franchise’s plans to continue filming some of its biggest movies in Georgia, he revealed it ‘would be very difficult’ to carry on doing so.

He said:

“I think many people who work for us would 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 Georgia lost Disney, it could have a detrimental effect on Georgia’s tax credit revenue received from allowing studios to film in its locations.

Some of the biggest Marvel films have been filmed in the state, including Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War.

It doesn’t stop there. Disney isn’t the first major brand to threaten to stop filming in the southern state, after Netflix revealed it would rethink its investment in Georgia.

Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos said:

“We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law. 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.”

Kirsten Schaffer, executive director of the nonprofit group Women in Film, said:

“We support people who make the choice not to take their production to Georgia or take a job in Georgia because of the draconian anti-choice law.”

“To that end, we’ve compiled a list of pro-choice states that offer meaningful tax rebates and production incentives, and encourage everyone to explore these alternatives: California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Washington.”

Lori McCleary, former president of the Producers Guild of America and CEO of Revelations Entertainment, added:

“It’s hard to wake up every day feeling like I’m growing up in my mother’s generation.”

“I don’t have anything that’s shooting in those locations, but I would give it a second thought in those states because I think it’s important for us to support [the protest].”

Actor Jason Bateman has also stood up and said he will not work there if the abortion laws go ahead.

He is currently filming for another series of Netflix’s Ozark and HBO’s The Outsider in Georgia.

He said:

“If the ‘heartbeat bill’ makes it through the court system, I will not work in Georgia, or any other state, that is so disgracefully at odds with women’s rights.”

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