Georgia passed a new abortion law recently. Scheduled to take affect in 2020, it protects a baby’s life once his or her heartbeat is detectable. While some have claimed it would send women to prison, even The Washington Post had to admit that isn’t true. The legislation does allow a woman to collect child support to help cover the cost of pregnancy and claim a baby in the womb on her taxes.
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Still, Disney CEO Bob Iger isn’t happy. He’s threatened to boycott the state in response, stating, “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.” Obviously, Iger finds pro-life legislation to be intolerable. A legal system that executes gays and allows child marriages?
Saudi Arabia regularly beheads people for "witchcraft and sorcery." It's also one of 10 nations that imposes capital punishment for homosexuality. Rape victims are punished too, and can face public lashing.
The country made headlines this year for allowing women to drive, but Saudi courts still consider a woman's testimony to be worth half that of a man, which is especially dangerous when things like adultery and blasphemy carry the death penalty. What's more, children and teens can be forced to marry middle aged men: in 2018, a Saudi court refused to nullify the marriage of an 8 year-old girl to a man in his 50s.
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Despite all of this, Iger said last month that he would keep "an open mind" on whether to build a theme park in the country. In fact, he's already visited Saudi Arabia and says he may do so again. Curiously, he didn't mention any of aforementioned policies.
If it bothers you that a CEO would threaten pro-lifers while turning a blind eye to barbarism, then let him know. Because the fact is, Disney isn't the only one who can engage in a boycott.
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