Published: Sun, May 12, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Alyssa Milano calls for sex strike in protest of Georgia abortion laws

Alyssa Milano calls for sex strike in protest of Georgia abortion laws

Alyssa Milano has called for all women to go on a "sex strike" until a controversial anti-abortion law in Georgia has been repealed.

Elaborating her campaign in a series of tweets, Milano noted that women "can LOVE sex and fight for our body autonomy", saying that "there are lots of alternatives to cis men". "Until women have legal control over our own bodies we just can not risk pregnancy", Alyssa wrote on Twitter. "JOIN ME by not having sex until we get bodily autonomy back. I'm calling for a #SexStrike", she said.

Georgia is one of six U.S. states that has a heartbeat abortion law.

By Saturday afternoon, #SexStrike and "Alyssa Milano" were two of Twitter's top 10 trending topics, and Milano's tweet had close to 25,000 likes and almost 9,000 retweets.

Milano, 46, who was instrumental in the #MeToo movement, called on her vast social media following to abstain from sex until the restrictive abortion law - dubbed the "heartbeat bill" - is overturned.

Indeed, the irony of Milano's "sex strike" did not fall of deaf ears.

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"Many Twitter users though roundly mocked the actress" idea.

Milano said the criticism didn't bother her and that her tweet was having her desired effect, "which is getting people to talk about the war on women".

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The main catalyst for these tweets is a recently passed bill in Georgia that seeks to severely restrict access to abortions.

Under the law, abortion is prohibited once doctors can detect a heartbeat in the foetus, that is often about six weeks into the pregnancy and sometimes before a woman even knows she is pregnant. Embryos typically develop a heartbeat within the first five to six weeks of conception, but many women aren't aware of their pregnancies until after that narrow window has elapsed.

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