The State of Entertainment Production in Anti-Abortion Bill States
Friday, June 7, 2019
Since Republican legislators in deeply gerrymandered states like Georgia and Louisiana approved strict laws constricting access to abortion procedures, Netflix, Disney, WarnerMedia, NBCUniversal, and a California state assemblywoman have responded with efforts to protest by revoking in-state film and television production.
Addressed in a recent statement by Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, the streamer became the first major entertainment company to disavow the Georgia heartbeat bill and pledge support to the American Civil Liberties Union, which promised to challenge such laws in court. “We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law,” Sarandos told Variety.