Netflix on Tuesday became the first major studio to say it would reconsider its investment in Georgia should a controversial abortion law in the US state, known as the Hollywood of the South, go into effect. "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 to Variety. "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." The southeastern state is among several that recently adopted tough abortion legislation that they hope will ultimately lead to a reversal of the landmark 1973 US Supreme Court ruling Roe v Wade that made abortion legal nationwide. Following adoption of the law in … [Read more...] about Netflix could reconsider investment in Georgia over abortion law
Abortion laws in the us
This week the state of Alabama in the US has passed one of the strictest abortion laws in the world . On Wednesday, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed in a law that bans abortion at any stage of pregnancy – except when a woman’s life is at risk. This law makes no exception for rape and incest, meaning if a child falls pregnant due to rape they won’t have an option to abort. The Alabama office has also put forward House Bill 314 which would make performing an abortion a felony offence in Alabama, and doctors could spend up to 99 years in prison – longer than most murder and rape sentences. However, this bill will likely be blocked by courts. The new law has received heavy criticism, not just from women in the US but from people around the world arguing that it takes away a woman’s right to autonomy over her own body. Yet while the new law, which could be tied in the courts for years before it's ever enforced, is the strictest abortion law in the … [Read more...] about These are some of the world’s harshest abortion laws
Alabama’s near total ban on abortion mirrors the situation in one corner of the UK: Northern Ireland. But pro-choice campaigners in the region say Northern Irish anti-abortion laws are actually stricter than the legislation Republican senators have introduced in the southern US state. They point out that, unlike under Alabama’s new law, women in Northern Ireland can face jail sentences up to life because the 1861 Offences Against the Persons Act remains in place. Under this piece of Victorian legislation, anyone procuring an abortion – medical staff or pregnant women – can face life imprisonment. Mara Clarke from the London-based Abortion Support Network said on Wednesday that amid the “international hue and cry over Alabama” people in Britain and across the world should never forget that in one part of the UK there was “an even more draconian anti-abortion regime”. Clarke said: “We have had a scenario for decades upon decades in … [Read more...] about Abortion law ‘harsher in Northern Ireland than in Alabama’
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Thursday signed one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation — a measure that bans most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, about six weeks into pregnancy. The New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights called the measure "cruel and clearly unconstitutional" and said it would sue Mississippi to try to block the law from taking effect on July 1. Bryant's action came despite a federal judge's decision last year striking down a less-restrictive law limiting abortions in the state. After a bill signing ceremony at the state Capitol, Bryant told reporters that he's not worried about lawsuits."They don't have to sue us. It's up to them," Bryant said. "If they do not believe in the sanctity of life, these that are in organizations like Planned Parenthood, we will have to fight that fight. But it is worth it."Mississippi is one of several states that have considered bills this year to ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is found. … [Read more...] about Mississippi’s governor signed one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation. Abortion-rights supporters said they’ll sue.
Sign up for the Week in Patriarchy, a newsletter on feminism and sexism sent every Saturday. America’s abortion war heats up Abortion is still technically legal in America. Roe v Wade, the landmark decision which established that access to safe and legal abortions is a constitutional right, remains settled law. Nevertheless, conservatives seem optimistic that a beautiful future in which women are denied any autonomy over their own bodies is just around the corner, and are preparing accordingly. On Tuesday the Arkansas governor signed a “trigger law” that would immediately ban most abortion if the supreme court overturns Roe v Wade. Wouldn’t want to waste any time dictating what women can do with their bodies now, would we? Arkansas is the fifth state to pass this sort of “trigger” ban: Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota and South Dakota have similar measures in place. Kentucky and Tennessee are also considering legislation that would … [Read more...] about It’s grim time for abortion rights in the US, but activists are still energized