Netflix is continuing to film in Georgia despite controversy over the state’s recently passed abortion law, but the company said Tuesday that it may rethink its investment if the law goes into effect, CNBC reports.
“We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement.
“It’s why we will work with the ACLU and others to fight it in court. Given the legislation has not yet been implemented, we’ll continue to film there — while also supporting partners and artists who choose not to. Should it ever come into effect, we’d rethink our entire investment in Georgia.”
According to CNBC, Georgia’s 30 percent tax credit attracted hundreds of film and television projects to the state in the last fiscal year, resulting in billions for the state’s economy. However, after a bill passed that would ban abortion as soon as a fetal heartbeat was detected, several Hollywood stars, producers and filmmakers vowed to boycott filming in the state.
The Motion Picture Association of America told the Hollywood Reporter earlier this month that “It is important to remember that similar legislation has been attempted in other states, and has either been enjoined by the courts or is currently being challenged. The outcome in Georgia will also be determined through the legal process. We will continue to monitor developments.”
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