The recent abortion ban policy in Georgia State has brought concerns regarding new serial-productions in the state. On Thursday, producers of various hit television series and Hollywood movies along with TV studios such as WarnerMedia, CBS Corp, Viacom Inc, NBCUniversal agreed with Walt Disney Co’s chief executive Bob Iger’s statements of no production work in Georgia if the new law comes into effect.
Georgia is the heart of Hollywood productions due to its tax credits policies, as it allows a 20 percent credit for companies spending $500,000 or more on production in the state. As per the records, more than 92,000 people in the state are employed in entertainment sector.
No production in the state might also lead to an economic downfall, as Georgia makes billions of dollars from film and TV productions. Various towns in Georgia have become a source of tourist attractions due to the shooting of hit movies. People have expressed concerns about Georgia’s law, although it is not the first time that a law is being opposed by the Hollywood organizers.
Georgia’s new law called the “fetal heartbeat bill” signed by Governor Brian Kemp suggested a complete ban on abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected in around six weeks of pregnancy. The ban deemed as a direct threat to a woman’s right to privacy, would come into effect on January 1, if it survives the challenges in the Supreme Court.
The abortion ban law nullifies the policies of historical Roe v. Wade, which grants women abortion privileges, protecting their lives. Thereby, signing of the law brought in more controversies as women along with abortion rights supporters took to the streets, rallying at the Georgia Capitol against the bill. They even assembled at the Washington Street calling, “My body, my choice.”
Along with the introduction of the abortion ban law, Georgia has become one of the nine US States banning women’s control over her body. Raising concerns, Comcast Corp’s NBCUniversal unit said that the upholding of the ban law in Georgia would “strongly impact our decision making on where we produce our content in the future”.
Netflix, world’s number one entertainment provider, also agreed on the same, saying it would “rethink” about its investments in Georgia.
Apart from the entertainment media, the consistent clash of views amongst the Democrats and the Republicans, in favor or against the law, has widely affected the country’s politics. Both the parties have been making it a key agenda to win the 2020 presidential elections.
Acknowledging the mass unrest against abortion ban bill, many production companies have continuously been mentioning that working under such extreme situations would be a difficult task. Majority of the producers and actors have displayed their will to avoid filming and performing in Georgia due to the insecurities brought in the wake of the new law. The overall situation might immensely affect the economy of the state.