The new abortion law in Georigia prevents women from having an abortion if doctors detect heartbeat of the fetus
Georgia is the latest state to greenlight the bill that imposes a restriction on abortions. The bill largely limits abortions when a doctor can hear a fetal heartbeat at around six weeks of pregnancy. This week, Georgia became the fifth state to ban abortion at six weeks after a last menstrual period, before many people even realize they are pregnant.
According to CNN, Actress and #MeToo activist Alyssa Milano has urged women to take part in a "sex strike" to protest against a new abortion law in the state of Georgia. The so-called "heartbeat" bill, which was signed by Governor Brian Kemp on Tuesday, is scheduled to come into effect on 1 January.
Our reproductive rights are being erased.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) May 11, 2019
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. pic.twitter.com/uOgN4FKwpg
"Until women have legal control over our own bodies we just cannot risk pregnancy," she tweeted. "JOIN ME by not having sex until we get bodily autonomy back."
Milano's tweet divided opinion on social media, sparking a debate that led to the #SexStrike hashtag trending on Twitter in the US.
And many women were quick to call her out.
I’m not punishing the man I love because other men are pieces of shit.— Nikki (@SkepticNikki) May 12, 2019
Critics said the strike assumes that sex is enjoyed only by men and that women's bodies are commodities that can be denied to men as punishment. Some people also pointed out that the sex strike ignored LGBTQ people and didn't consider the possibility of sexual violence.
Sex is an important part of a healthy relationship for men AND women. What happened to you? You’d have people strain their relationships? You’d effectively do away with the need for Planned Parenthood? Wow, Alyssa. This tweet says more about what you think of sex than anyone else— Speakeasy Gavagan (@RobGavagan) May 12, 2019
"Living under the patriarchy has already robbed me of safety, autonomy, opportunities, and trust in our institutions. Now I'm supposed to give up sex, too, and play into the fiction that it is just a bargaining chip/transaction for women," said Kristi Coulter on Twitter. "Love you, but nope."
You’re such an idiot!! Way to take women back 3-4 decades...like the only way women can have power, or get their way, or have control is to withhold #sex ???? Great message, you moron!!! Oh, and your manipulative movement also implies that women don’t like sex!— ❌☀BEACHGIRL⛱ (@atlcav) May 11, 2019
"A shame because again, you are using sex as a weapon, as a way to get what you want," said Tammy Lawson on Twitter. "I guess your brain wasn't good enough."
"I appreciate the intent, but a #sexstrike is a bad and sexist idea," wrote one person on Twitter. "As if we provided sex as a reward to the worthy. It's denying women's pleasure".
But like....what if we want to smash? Chicks have sex drives too 🤔 Also, idk how not doing our boy toys (who have nothing to do with lawmaking) will get anything done. Does the strike also count for lesbians? Asking for a friend.— Reign (@ReignBotYT) May 12, 2019
"We need to understand how dire the situation is across the country," Milano told the Associated Press on Saturday. "It's reminding people that we have control over our own bodies and how we use them."
She noted that women withholding sex to protest or advocate for political reform was not a new one.