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Some states in the U.S.A are making new laws. The laws are about abortion. The states want to make abortion illegal or hard to get. One of these states is Georgia. Georgia is a popular place to make movies. Many of the biggest movies and tv shows in the world are made in Georgia. For example, most Marvel movies were made in Georgia.

People around the world are angry about the new abortion laws. They think women should be able to make their own choice about having a baby. Many of the angry people work in Georgia. Famous actors and actresses have said that they won’t work in Georgia anymore.

Now, many big movie studios are saying they won’t work there either. Disney and Netflix have both said they won’t make movies or tv shows in Georgia.  The movie studios are very important to Georgia. They provide many jobs to people who live there.

The law will start in January 2020. Many people are still fighting it. They want to stop it before it begins.  It is uncertain whether Georgia will change the law.

Difficult words

Abortion (n): Ending a pregnancy before it develops.

Illegal (adj): Something against the law.

Famous (adj): Everyone knowing about something.

Provide (v): To give.

Uncertain (adj): To not be sure.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English: 

American English: 

Match the Synonym!

 1. Abortion  A. Break the law
 2. Illegal  B. Give
 3. Famous  C. Unsure
 4. Provide  D. End pregnancy
 5. Uncertain  E. Known

True or False?

1. Some states in the U.K. are making new laws. T / F

2. The new laws are about abortion. T / F

3. Georgia is a popular place to make movies. T / F

4. Many movie studios like the new abortion laws. T / F

5. The movie studios do not give many jobs to Georgia people. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. about / laws / are / The / abortion

2. Georgia / of / these / One / is / states

3. world / People / the / around / are / angry

4. provide / They / many / jobs

5. want / They / to / stop / it

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English: 

American English: 

Actresses Fighting Laws
Important Angry Studios

Some states in the U.S.A are making new ________. The laws are about abortion. The states want to make abortion illegal or hard to get. One of these states is Georgia. Georgia is a popular place to make movies. Many of the biggest movies and tv shows in the world are made in Georgia.

People around the world are _________ about the new abortion laws. They think women should be able to make their own choice about having a baby. Many of the angry people work in Georgia. Famous actors and ____________ have said that they won’t work in Georgia anymore.

Now, many big movie __________ are saying they won’t work there either. Disney and Netflix have both said they won’t make movies or tv shows in Georgia. Most Marvel movies were made in Georgia. The movie studios are very _____________ to Georgia. They provide many jobs to Georgia people.

The law will start in January 2020. Many people are still _______________ it. They want to stop it before it begins.  It is uncertain whether Georgia will change the law.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. Is abortion legal in your country?
5. Is it easy to get an abortion in your country?
6. Do you think it’s right for companies to move their business like in this story?
7. Do you think the public will approve of companies stopping film production?
8. Are there any laws in your country which were made because of religion?
9. How religious are people in your country?
10. Is it a woman’s right to get an abortion?
11. Does your country have a good healthcare system?
12. What is a controversial topic in your country?
13. What do you think about women who go to other countries to get abortions?
14. Do you think it is dangerous to make abortions illegal?
15. Are there any circumstances that you think abortions are always required?
16. Is there anything that is illegal in your country that you think should be legal?
17. What is a major social issue in your country?
18. Do you think movie studios would lose fans if they continued to film in Georgia?
19. What do you think about the current rise of far-right ideas around the world?
20. What would you do if you were the head of a movie studio which filmed in Georgia?