Sunday, 12 May 2019

American actress calls for women to go on 'sex strike' until Georgia's anti-abortion law is repealed

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actress Alyssa Milano has called for all women to go on a 'sex strike' until anti-abortion law in Georgia has been repealed.

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

The heartbeat bill makes it illegal for women to have an abortion after a heartbeat has been detected in the womb - which is typically at the six week mark.

The actress hit out against the bill on Twitter, urging women to abstain until they have 'bodily autonomy back'.

She wrote: 'Our reproductive rights are being erased. 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.'  

The tweet has received mixed reactions.

'Please stop feeding the narrative that women are providers and men are consumers of sex,' one person tweeted.

'Bribing men for equal rights with access to our bodies is not how feminism works.'

'This makes it seem like sex is something women do as a favor to men; it also furthers the misogynist theory that women should be shamed for liking sex at all,' another said.

'Sorry, @Alyssa_Milano, but I hate this.'

'Isn't this called abstinence? And isn't this exactly what conservatives wanted?'

The other states that have similar laws are Ohio, Mississippi, Kentucky, Iowa and North Dakota. The Georgia law takes effect in January. 

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