Alyssa Milano Defends Her Nationwide Sex Strike to Fight Anti-Abortion Laws
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Repost @washingtonpost Alyssa Milano is voicing her opposition to new antiabortion legislation by proposing a sex strike to stand up for women’s reproductive rights. Georgia’s new abortion law — among the most restrictive in the United States — will ban abortions as soon as a doctor can detect a fetal heartbeat, and others states, including Mississippi and Ohio, have passed similar “heartbeat” bills. In response, Milano posted a call to arms Friday on Twitter, urging people to abstain in protest. “Until women have legal control over our own bodies we just cannot risk pregnancy," she wrote. “JOIN ME by not having sex until we get bodily autonomy back. I’m calling for a #SexStrike.” Milano said she is glad her tweet “has shined a light on the Republican war against women and our bodily autonomy.” “Mark my words, one of these bills will end up going to the Supreme Court to overturn Roe. And if Roe is overturned this will directly impact the women most at risk, the women from low-income communities of color,” she said in a statement Saturday to The Post. By early Sunday morning, Milano’s tweet had drawn more than 38,000 likes and 13,000 retweets, some applauding the idea but many others arguing that it only serves to perpetuate the stereotype that “women are providers and men are consumers of sex.” Read more on washingtonpost.com. (Photo by Jesse Dittmar for The Post)
Alyssa Milano came under fire this week after she called for women to go on a sex strike in protest of Georgia’s restrictive new abortion law, which will take effect next year.
The dubbed “heartbeat bill” will ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks.
Unsurprisingly, Alyssa received mixed reactions. But in an op-ed for CNN, she and Waleisah Wilson co-wrote a response.
“It got the country talking about the GOP’s undeniable war on women,” the actress wrote. “And let’s face it, with so much going on every day in the news, sometimes we need an extreme response to get national attention.”
“Our reproductive rights are blatantly and systematically being stripped away before our very eyes,” she continued. “The time for national engagement on this issue is long overdue. We must collectively reject these restrictions on our basic human rights and dignity in every way that we can.”
Read the full op-ed at CNN.