Actress Alyssa Milano set social media on fire on Friday night when she used Twitter to call for a sex strike to protest the strict abortion bans being passed by the Republican-controlled legislatures.
The actress, who is best known for her roles on “Who’s the Boss,” “Charmed” and “Melrose Place,” is using Twitter to urge women to stop having sex until “until we get bodily autonomy back.” Her tweet comes just days after the fetal heartbeat bill was passed in Georgia. The bill will ban abortions after six weeks and before many women even realize that they are pregnant. The bill could also see women who have miscarriages facing up to 30 years in prison.
“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,” her entire tweet reads.
“We need to understand how dire the situation is across the country,” Milano said on Saturday. “It’s reminding people that we have control over our own bodies and how we use them.”
Milano also stated that throughout history women have withheld sex n to protest or to advocate for political reform. She brought up Iroquois women who in the 1600s refused to have sex as a way to stop unregulated warfare. She also noted that in 2003 Libertarian women used a sex strike to demand an end to civil war.
It did not take long for Milano to gather support from fans. Actress/songstress Bette Midler also threw in her support sending out a tweet also calling for a sex strike.
Conservatives are praising and promoting the idea. Some Liberals are saying that Milano is promoting the false narrative that women only have sex as a favor to men.
One Twitter user expressed gratitude for a pro-choice celebrity acknowledging abstinence, while another thanked Alyssa for bringing up this particular form of birth control which they said would “most certainly contribute to ending abortion.”
Milano says any criticism thrown at her doesn’t bother her at all. She believes her tweet is getting “the desired effect,” which she says is “getting people to talk about the war on women.”
She said she fears that “one of the laws could eventually be decided by the conservative-leaning U.S. Supreme Court, which Republicans hope will overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.”
“That is absolutely horrifying to me,” Milano adds. “Anyone who is not completely and totally outraged by this and doesn’t see where this is leading, I think they are not taking this threat seriously.”
Milano says that people need to determine for themselves how long the sex strike should last. For her part, she hasn’t decided yet how long she will forgo sex.
“I mean I don’t know,” she said. “I sent a tweet last night I haven’t really thought much past that this morning.”
Milano has also stated she will boycott the state of Georgia. Milano, Mark Duplass, and David Simon have vowed not to work there.
Prior to Georgia passing the bill Milano wrote a letter that was signed by 50 Hollywood stars including Don Cheadle and Amy Schumer. The celebrities vowed to push back at the state if the bill was passed.
Milano is keeping to her word. The actress is obligated to film in Georgia next month for the Netflix show “Insatiable.”
“I have to be there for another month but you can be sure I will fight tooth and nail to move “Insatiable” to a state that will protect our rights,” Milano wrote. “And 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. This is my leverage. I will use it for the betterment of society and our great country.”
David Simon, the creator of “The Wire” and “The Deuce,” has also stated that he will no longer work in Georgia. On Wednesday, he tweeted that he “can’t ask any female member of any film production with which I am involved to so marginalize themselves or compromise their inalienable authority over their own bodies. I must undertake production where the rights of all citizens remain intact. Other filmmakers will see this.”
On Friday Simon added, “There is no conceivable way that I can, as an employer, ethically ask any of my female colleagues to work in a jurisdiction that limits their health care options and impairs their civil liberties. It isn’t possible.”
Actor and director Mark Duplass also tweeted that he will no longer film in Georgia. “Don’t give your business to Georgia,” he tweeted. “Will you pledge with me not to film anything in Georgia until they reverse this backward legislation?”
Christine Vachon, C.E.O of Killer Films has also stated that her company, “will no longer consider Georgia as a viable shooting location until this ridiculous law is overturned.”