Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger could be taking a stand against abortion bans.
In an interview during a media availability during Star Wars: Galaxy Edge previews, he told Reuters it would be “very difficult” for the media company to keep filming in Georgia if a new abortion law takes effect because many people will not want to work in the U.S. state.
Disney has filmed blockbuster movies in Georgia such as Black Panther and Avengers: Endgame.
Georgia’s Republican governor signed into law on May 7 a ban on abortion after a doctor can detect a fetal heartbeat – about six weeks into a pregnancy, before many women know they are pregnant.
Here’s the full interview with Iger from Reuters:
“I rather doubt we will. I think many people who work for us will not want to work there, and we will have to heed their wishes in that regard. Right now we are watching it very carefully. If the law takes effect, I don’t see how it’s practical for us to continue to shoot there.”
Former Georgia Senate candidate Stacey Abrams stands by Iger’s words:
Georgia stands to lose Netflix & Disney. This means lost jobs for carpenters, hair dressers, food workers & 100s of small businesses grown right here. Billions in economic investment headed to states eager to welcome film + protect women. #Consequences
The law is due to take effect on Jan. 1, if it survives court challenges.