Netflix Vows To Fight Against Anti-Abortion Laws In Georgia
Netflix joins in on the ACLU’s fight against abortion restrictions in Georgia. The streaming giant cited the employment of women who are working on productions in the state as a reason for their stance on reproductive rights.
This comes after Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed the Heartbeat Bill into law. The law effectively bans abortion after six weeks and ranks Georgia with Alabama among the states in which getting an abortion would become almost impossible come 2020.
According to AmericanPregnancy.Org, most women find out that they are pregnant sometime between week four and week seven. For women who often spot lightly, or skip periods frequently, this time period goes up. This would mean that for a woman finding out she’s pregnant at four weeks, she would only have two weeks to make a decision on remaining pregnant or not. For women who discover that they are pregnant after the seventh week, the option to choose no longer stands.
Netflix acknowledges this issue, noting, “We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law… Should it ever come into effect, we’d rethink our entire investment in Georgia.”
Alyssa Milano, who stars in Netlix’s show Insatiable, which helms production in Georgia, has also urged other film and television industry folk to remove their productions from the state. As of March, more than 100 actors and actresses joined the boycott. Jason Bateman, who stars in two shows shot in Georgia, Netflix’s Ozark and HBO’s The Outside, has vowed to boycott the state should the law be upheld.
Georga’s film and television industry, which relies on companies like Netflix, would face a decline in revenue should major networks and production companies follow in their footsteps by halting production in the state.