ATLANTA — A third major studio has now gone on record that it will "reconsider Georgia as the home to any new productions" if the state's abortion law goes into effect.
The new law essentially bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy but makes exceptions for rape, incest and the mother’s health.
WarnerMedia released the following statement Thursday:
“We operate and produce work in many states and within several countries at any given time and while that doesn’t mean we agree with every position taken by a state or a country and their leaders, we do respect due process. We will watch the situation closely and if the new law holds we will reconsider Georgia as the home to any new productions. As is always the case, we will work closely with our production partners and talent to determine how and where to shoot any given project.”
WarnerMedia, which runs several networks including CNN, HLN, TBS, TNT and Cartoon Network, shoots several shows in the state.
NBCUniversal also released a statement Thursday regarding the anti-abortion bill.
Here's the statement in its entirety:
“We fully expect that the heartbeat bills and similar laws in various states will face serious legal challenges and will not go into effect while the process proceeds in court. If any of these laws are upheld, it would strongly impact our decision-making on where we produce our content in the future.”
The Georgia chapter of the ACLU has told Channel 2 Action News they plan to file a lawsuit against the heartbeat law. Their lawsuit should be ready to file by the end of summer, around August or September.
The heartbeat law is set to take effect in January.
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