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Twitter Divided After Alyssa Milano Called For A ‘Sex Strike’ To Protest Georgia’s Abortion Law

After Georgia Governor Gov. Brian Kemp signed a controversial anti-abortion bill into law on Tuesday, actress Alyssa Milano has called for a sex strike to protest anti-abortion laws. While some have supported Milano, many have found it counteractive.

The former Charmed actress used the hashtag #sexstrike to call on women to not have sex until Georgia repeals its abortion ban and returns women’s bodily autonomy. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed the legislation into law on May 7, CNN reported. The “heartbeat bill” bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is typically around six weeks from conception and before many women learn they’re even pregnant. It includes exceptions for mothers at risk and in cases of rape or incest. According to Business Insider, the law leaves it upon for pregnant individuals to be prosecuted for miscarriages and for traveling outside out of state to get a legal abortion. The law goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

On Friday, Milano tweeted: “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.”

Some were quick to praise and support Milano’s call to action. 

While Milano’s “sex strike” was meant to be a form of resistance against anti-abortion laws, it was supported by multiple anti-choice activists such as Live Action founder Lila Rose and conservative commentator Allie Beth Stuckey. 

Many on Twitter had an issue with Milano’s call, arguing that abstinence is an idea that conservatives push, that the strike reinforces the idea of sex is desired only by men, and that sex and women’s bodies can be used as a bargaining chip.

Founder of Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America, Shannon Watts, disagreed with the idea of a sex strike and suggested a grassroots approach to the protection of women’s reproductive rights. 

Milano replied: “So you’re down with women getting the death penalty for obtaining healthcare? Getting life in prison? RE-implantation of ectopic pregnancies? Roe v Wade being overturned? As long as they try to roll back our rights, every time we have sex we risk jail time. Down With that?”

Milano has also advocated for the film industry to boycott the state of Georgia. According to Buzzfeed News, she refused to return to Netflix’s InSatiable if they continue to film in the state. 

“If it doesn’t move to another state, I will not be able to return to the show if we are blessed with a third season,” she told BuzzFeed. “This is my leverage. I will use it for the betterment of society and our great country.”

While it seems that most people agree that limiting women’s reproductive rights with highly restrictive abortion legislation isn’t right, it looks like many are torn over the idea of a sex strike.

Carissa Dunlap is a Her Campus News X Social Intern for Summer 2018. She is a current Publishing major and Journalism minor at Emerson College (Class of 2020). When she isn't perusing the YA bookshelf at the bookstore, she can be found watching dog videos on Facebook, at her favorite coffee shops, or relaxing on the beach. Follow her on Instagram @dunlapcarissa or Twitter @Caridunlap.