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Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines refuses to boycott the state despite ‘uncomfortable’ Georgia abortion debate

The airline isn't taking a stand on the new law

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Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines has refused to take sides in the debate over Georgia's strict new abortion law.

While some celebrities and organizations have threatened — or, in some cases, vowed — to take business out of the state, Delta will not be one of them.

What are the details?

Last week, Delta Air Lines issued an announcement about the state of the company in the southern state, according to an NBC News report.

A portion of the report read, "Delta Air Lines is one of the largest employers in Georgia, but the airline's chief executive said Tuesday the company will not take a stand on the state's restrictive abortion law, which other corporate leaders have called 'bad for business.'"

Ed Bastian, who is the airline's CEO, said that it should be up to the courts to judge the law.

"This is something that the courts need to settle and resolve, not corporate America," Bastian said during Recode's annual conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. "At least for us. I can't win."

He explained that the issue is "uncomfortable" for some of the airline's many employees, but insisted that corporations should have no say in state law.

"We carry 200 million people a year, we have 80,000 employees," Bastian said. "We cannot, as a company, take one group and put it over another group when you've got such an emotional — some would almost say religious — view as to what the right answer is."

The new law, which is set to go into effect in January, would legally prohibit women from aborting her child after a fetal heartbeat is detected. A fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as five or six weeks along in the gestation period.

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