Former Who's The Boss star Alyssa Milano called for a "sex strike" on Friday to protest Georgia's new "heartbeat" bill that Gov. Brian Kemp recently signed into law - banning abortions in the state at six weeks into pregnancy.
Critics of the bill have argued that many women don't know they're pregnant in the first six weeks, which is roughly when a heartbeat can be detected.
In response, the feminist former actress turned activist tweeted: "Until women have legal control over our own bodies we just cannot risk pregnancy," adding "JOIN ME by not having sex until we get bodily autonomy back."
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
As Fox News' Joseph Wulfsohn notes, "The idea is far from new. 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. More recently, director Spike Lee's 2015 film, "Chi-Raq," transferred the same idea to modern-day Chicago and gang violence."
While feminists on Twitter supported Milano with #SexStrike and #Lystistrata2019 hashtags, Milano was widely mocked on both sides of the aisle.
Conservative director and producer Robby Starbuck pointed out in a Tweet that Milano's campaign means that "Democrats get no sex, get even grumpier and more unhinged," while "Republicans keep having sex" and "get to laugh." Moreover "Less babies get murdered as long as they keep this up."
This is the funniest thing I’ve seen all year you guys. Does Alyssa Milano understand her plan means:— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) May 11, 2019
• Democrats get no sex, get even grumpier and more unhinged
• Republicans keep having sex
• Republicans get to laugh
• Less babies get murdered as long as they keep this up pic.twitter.com/8g9U28sYDc
Starbucks' sentiments were echoed as others mocked Milano.
A #SexStrike goes some way toward rediscovering traditional sexual morality.— Sohrab Ahmari (@SohrabAhmari) May 11, 2019
Just don’t call it “continence” or “chastity,” lest the liberals wise up to the fact that they’re promoting what their enemies have been preaching for, oh, 3,000 years or so.
tfw the libs own themselves so you don’t have to https://t.co/iJKA0XADi4— Alexandra DeSanctis (@xan_desanctis) May 11, 2019
embracing chastity to own the social conservatives lmao— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) May 11, 2019
Feminists becoming Mike Pence to own the cons.— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) May 11, 2019
Women who support the #SexStrike see sex as simply something they 'give' to men to gain something in return. They do not see sex as a mutual expression of love. In this case, they wish to exchange sex for abortion laws.— RAMZPAUL (@ramzpaul) May 11, 2019
Logically, such women are no different than prostitutes.