Disney May Not Film Marvel Films In Georgia If Abortion Laws Enacted

Carla Harmon
May 30, 2019

While providing an interview before the dedication of a new "Star Wars" section at Disneyland on Wednesday, Reuters asked Iger if the company would continue to film in the Peach State if the law is implemented. Many people who work for us will not want to work there, and we'll have to heed there wishes in that regard.

The divisive bill was signed into law earlier this month by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp. But the abortion ban, which is due to take effect on January 1 if it survives court challenges, has caused several of the 455 productions that shoot in Georgia to pull out of the state.

He continued, "Right now we're watching it very carefully, there's some speculation it could be enacted sometime after the first of the year".

Disney divisions like Marvel have deep ties in the state, where films like "Black Panther" have rolled and four different Marvel TV series, starring the likes of Elizabeth Olsen and Anthony Mackie, are expected to shoot.

The "heartbeat bill" bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, or about six weeks into the pregnancy. The law is set to take effect in 2020.

"We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law", he said in the statement, obtained by Variety.

In the meantime, Netflix will continue production there for now and work with groups that are fighting the law in U.S. courts. "Should it ever come into effect, we'd rethink our entire investment in Georgia".

Netflix has filmed a bunch of projects in Georgia including Stranger Things. As of 2018, more than 92,000 jobs and 455 productions now reside in Georgia, according to the state and the Motion Picture Association of America.

Some actors and producers have already said they will no longer work in Georgia because of the abortion law, but numerous large production companies have remained publicly silent on the abortion law.

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