Netflix, Prosecution Confusion, Campaigns: The Latest On Georgia's Abortion Law

May 29, 2019

It’s been three weeks since Gov. Brian Kemp signed one of the toughest abortion laws in the country, the Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act that outlaws most abortions.

Since that time, there have been calls to boycott Georgia’s film industry, including a recent statement from Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos, who claimed that the streaming giant would fight to oppose the bill and rethink its relationship with the state if the bill becomes law. 

GPB political reporter Stephen Fowler spoke with Leah Fleming to recap the latest developments.


On Hollywood's response to the bill

Netflix did come out and say that it was going to support the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia's legal fight against this bill. And if the bill does survive legal challenges, the entertainment company says it would "rethink" its investment in Georgia.

But other producers have been on the fence, waiting to see the legal challenges before commenting.

On Georgia's district attorneys reacting to the new law

Many of them said that they weren't going to comment on hypothetical cases or wouldn't say anything unless they had a specific case brought before them to decide whether or not to prosecute.

 

Some district attorneys said that they felt a wording change in the law meant that women could be prosecuted, and they were not going to do that because they didn't feel that was right or in the spirit of the law.

On abortion rights as a campaign issue moving forward

This is going to be a big issue in elections next year in 2020 whether it's the state house and state senate or the U.S. Senate race with Republican David Perdue and whoever is going to challenge him on the Democratic side.

[People] on both sides of this issue are fired up over this bill and the nationwide conversation about abortion rights is something that will be top of mind in Georgia's elections.