Sex strike to stop abortion bills? Alyssa Milano’s protest raises eyebrows

Sex strike to stop abortion bills? Alyssa Milano’s protest raises eyebrows

Her tweet came days after Georgia became the fourth state in the U.S. this year to ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks, before many women know they are pregnant.

Milano said people have to determine for themselves how long the sex strike should last.

"Until women have legal control over our own bodies we just can not risk pregnancy", the actress wrote.

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The former star of "Charmed" and "Melrose Place" urged women in the tweet Friday night to stop having sex "until we get bodily autonomy back". "I'm calling for a #SexStrike", she said.

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.

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Georgia's law won't be enforced until 2020, and is likely to be challenged in court based on the Supreme Court ruling in Roe v Wade that found unduly restrictive state regulation of abortion is unconstitutional. In ancient Greece, the playwright Aristophanes wrote "Lysistrata", in which the title character persuades other women to deny their husbands of sex until they end a war. That is before most women see a doctor to confirm a pregnancy.

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.

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Milano's tweet comes in the wake of actress Evan Rachel Wood making a more extreme suggestion: Mandatory vasectomies for males. The state has tax incentives that attract the film industry, and 17 of the year's top 100 films were produced in Georgia, NBC reports. "Pass it on", she tweeted.

"The hard-working Georgians who serve on crews and make a living here are not to blame", Abrams said at the time.

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