Charmed actor Alyssa Milano has called for a sex strike to protest anti-abortion laws, one week after Georgia signed a “heartbeat bill” into law. Said law will ban abortions after a doctor is able to detect “a fetal heartbeat in the womb”, which is usually at about six weeks and before many women even know they’re pregnant.

“Our reproductive rights are being erased,” she tweeted. “Until women have legal control over our own bodies we just cannot risk pregnancy. 

“JOIN ME by not having sex until we get our bodily autonomy back. 

“I’m calling for a #SexStrike. Pass it on.”

Attached to her tweet was a poster with a pink X, the hashtag #sexstrike in the centre of it, and the words “If our choices are denied, so are yours.” 

Overnight, the hashtag spread like wildfire.

While some people supported Milano’s cause, including fellow actor Bette Midler, others were quick to rinse her for it. Conservatives thanked her for promoting abstinence and a “pro-life cause”. As one man tweeted, “Great job helping millions of innocent living babies not be murdered in the future.” Liberals meanwhile criticised the actor for playing into the false narrative that women only have sex to please men.

Milano later told The Associated Press that the backlash doesn’t bother her. Instead, she said that her tweet is doing what she wanted it do, “which is getting people to talk about the war on women.”

“We need to understand how dire the situation is across the country,” Milano continued.“It’s reminding people that we have control over our own bodies and how we use them.”

She said women have used sex strikes in the past to protest or advocate for political reform. Milano noted how, in 2003, Liberian women used a sex strike to demand an end to civil war.

Source: The Associated Press
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