AMC vows to 'reevaluate our activity in Georgia' if abortion bill takes effect

AMC vows to 'reevaluate our activity in Georgia' if abortion bill takes effect
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AMC Networks announced Thursday that it would join a growing number of media companies threatening to pull investments or projects in Georgia over the state's new anti-abortion law that goes into effect next year.

A spokesperson for the network, which has invested heavily in production facilities in the state, including for the network's hit series "The Walking Dead," told Variety the company would "reevaluate" its productions in the state if the new law survives legal challenges filed by abortion rights advocates.

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“If this highly restrictive legislation goes into effect, we will reevaluate our activity in Georgia. Similar bills – some even more restrictive – have passed in multiple states and have been challenged," the spokesperson told Variety. "This is likely to be a long and complicated fight and we are watching it all very closely."

The announcement from AMC comes as other media companies including Disney and NBCUniversal have announced similar plans to reevaluate their business in the state were the law to take effect. Signed by Gov. Brian Kemp (R) earlier this month, the law would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, usually around six weeks into a pregnancy.

“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,” NBCUniversal said Thursday in a statement. “If any of these laws are upheld, it would strongly impact our decision-making on where we produce our content in the future.”

Disney CEO Bob Iger added that the Georgia law made it impractical for film companies to use the state for productions, predicting that employees would not want to live in the state after the law goes into effect.

“I rather doubt we will [continue filming in Georgia],” Iger told Reuters. “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.”