Netflix Weighs In On Its Expected Treatment Of The Georgia Heartbeat Bill

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Georgia, located in the Southeastern United States, is one of the most conservative states in the nation. The Peach State recently proved its right-leaning stance through Georgia Governor Brain Kemp’s signing off on the so-called “Georgia heartbeat bill” just three weeks ago.

Governor Kemp’s signed bill proposes changes to the state’s existing abortion laws, in which pregnant women can seek abortions for fetuses as late as 18 to 20 weeks into their development. However, through this new bill, seeing that it is not prevented from going forward in legislative procedures by higher courts of law, women will not be able to seek abortions once a six-week period following conception has passed or when physicians are able to clearly detect the fetuses’ heartbeat.

Before 2017 rolled around, Georgia was home to more film productions than any other state across the nation. Still, Georgia is one of the most popular destinations to film movies here in the United States. Many productions come all the way from Southern California to Georgia just to film.

Although Georgia might be one of the country’s most conservative-leaning states, the same can’t be said for the vast majority of people who work or are otherwise involved in the domestic film industry. Rather, these entertainers – think people like actors, directors, producers, set assistants, and videographers – are largely in favor of allowing pregnant women to seek out abortions.

Since abortion is such a serious, spicy, hot-button issue here in the United States right now, it often gets in the way of two individuals’ or two groups’ engagements with one another. One such manifestation of this is the recent promise by dozens of the American film industry’s stars and major figures to boycott films set to be shot or otherwise produced in Georgia.

Netflix recently shared an official statement through Ted Sarandos, the streaming company’s Chief Content Officer, in which it expressed the sentiment that the company will fight the Georgia heartbeat bill’s potential passing in court by linking up with the American Civil Liberties Union.

Right now, Netflix says, its affiliated female partners will keep “working on productions in Georgia,” though they will likely abandon the film industry’s interactions with the state of Georgia once, or if, the Georgia heartbeat bill goes into action.

The Georgia heartbeat bill is currently slated to go into effect in roughly six months, on Jan. 1, 2020.

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