Alyssa Milano has called for women to not have sex until the state of Georgia rescinds its new abortion law. She tweeted a call for a sex strike on Friday, asking women to stop having sex until “until we get bodily autonomy back.”
Her tweet came after Georgia became the fourth state in the United States to ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. Which can be as early as six weeks, before many women know they are pregnant. The state’s Republican governor, Brian Kemp, signed the bill into law on Tuesday.
Milano told the Associated Press on Saturday. “We need to understand how dire the situation is across the country. 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 phenomenon. She cited how Iroquois women refused to have sex in the 1600s in order to stop unregulated warfare. Most recently, she said, Liberian women used a sex strike in 2003 to demand an end to a long-running civil war.
Since the bill was passed, several independent film and television production companies have pledged to boycott the state unless the legislation is changed. Alyssa Milano says she intends to honor the film production boycott of Georgia that she and dozens of other celebrities petitioned for.
Milano is currently filming Netflix’s second season of Insatiable in Georgia. She said she’s contractually obligated to stay in Georgia for another month, but won’t return to the show if it films there in the future.