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Disney's intervention in Georgia abortion row shows companies are wading into politics

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If the law, which is scheduled to take effect in January 2020, does go on, "I don't see how it's practical for us to continue to shoot there", he added. "Right now we are watching it very carefully".

Disney has filmed blockbuster movies in Georgia such as Black Panther and Avengers: Endgame, which means that should the entertainment giant stop filming there, it would be to the detriment of the state's ongoing attempts to create production jobs.

Georgia is a popular location for numerous film and TV productions as the state offers a tax credit to companies who spend $500,000 or more on production or post-production.

"I rather doubt we will" continue filming in Georgia if the law is implemented, Iger told Reuters ahead of the dedication the new Star Wars section at Disneyland.

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.

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Undeterred, Kemp praised the legislation as "a declaration that all life has value, that all life matters, and that all life is worthy of protection". Georgia is one of eight states to pass anti-abortion laws this year with the intention of pressuring the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that established a women's right to privacy in her choice to terminate a pregnancy.

So far Disney, who owns Marvel, has been quiet about its next step, even as Netflix has threatened to pull out of the state and other celebrities - including Amy Schumer, Jason Bateman, and Mark Duplass - have vowed not to film in a state with such restrictive abortion laws.

"It's why we will work with the ACLU and others to fight it in court. It's a two way street, friends!"

Alabama, Ohio, Kentucky, Mississippi and Missouri also have similar heartbeat bills, but Georgia is the home to a lot of Hollywood productions.

Despite threats of boycott from liberal cities and Hollywood elites, pro-life legislation is sweeping the country.

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