Actress and activist Alyssa Milano took to social media Friday to called for a "sex strike" in response to Georgia's new, strict anti-abortion bill, known as the fetal heartbeat bill.
"Our reproductive rights are being erased. Until women have legal control over our own bodies we just cannot risk pregnancy," Milano said in a post on Twitter.
"JOIN ME by not having sex until we get bodily autonomy back," she wrote. "I'm calling for a #SexStrike."
She also posted a Quartz article about the effectiveness of sex strikes.
Our reproductive rights are being erased.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) May 11, 2019
Until women have legal control over our own bodies we just cannot risk pregnancy.
JOIN ME by not having sex until we get bodily autonomy back.
I’m calling for a #SexStrike. Pass it on. pic.twitter.com/uOgN4FKwpg
History shows that a #sexstrike is surprisingly effective. https://t.co/aQbW7RiWlR— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) May 11, 2019
By Saturday, social media users had responded with comments ranging from total support and agreements to participate in the strike to sarcasm and accusations that Milano is actually anti-abortion herself
She responded to the criticism by doubling down on the call for a “sex strike.”
"I fully support a sex strike. It's not admitting that we are here to service men. It's reminding them that we have control over our own bodies and how we use them. Boycotting sex is an effective method of protest," she tweeted.
Saw lots of people criticizing this idea today. I fully support a sex strike. It’s not admitting that we are here to service men. It’s reminding them that we have control over our own bodies and how we use them. Boycotting sex is an effective method of protest. #SexStrike https://t.co/WFHUw6UtZP— 💗🖤BohoGirlResists🖤💗 (@KikiAdine) May 11, 2019
Milano, a vocal abortion rights activist and leading member of the #Hashtag Me Too movement, also vowed to boycott Georgia for television or movie production projects if the bill passed, which it did. The bill was then signed into law by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp last week. Milano urged others in Hollywood to follow suit.
Georgia is just the latest of more than a dozen states trying to restrict access to safe and legal abortions in hopes of forcing a right-leaning, conservative United States Supreme Court to take up the issue as a means of overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion.
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