Actress Alyssa Milano Calls on Women: 'Join Me by Not Having Sex Until...'

By Susan Jones | May 15, 2019 | 6:47am EDT
Actress and activist Alyssa Milano (Getty Images/Michael Reynolds-Pool)

( - Alyssa Milano, an actress turned women's rights activist, called for a "sex strike" on May 10 to protest bills restricting abortion, including the one that just passed in Alabama.

The Alabama bill makes performing an abortion a felony in all cases except for serious health risks to the mother.

If the governor signs the bill, as expected, Alabama will have the strictest abortion ban in the nation, pending guaranteed court challenges. Other states -- Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Louisiana -- are in the process of either passing or advancing bills that ban abortion after the baby’s heartbeat is detected.

"Until women have legal control over our own bodies we just cannot risk pregnancy," Milano tweeted last Friday. "JOIN ME by not having sex until we get bodily autonomy back."

Milano told CNN's Chris Cuomo Tuesday night that her tweet was a publicity stunt for a cause that is close to her heart:

"Really, my hope was to raise awareness for the 16 bills happening all over our country that are trying to roll back women's rights. The reaction has been mixed. I think some people took it extremely seriously.

"But my purpose was simply, I felt like these bills were being ignored,and sending out that tweet -- look at me now, I'm on your show and we're talking about women's rights and how they're being rolled back."

Milano made the argument that everyone is pro-life until they're not:

Well, I don't think there's a human on the planet that is not pro-life. Nobody wants to get an abortion. Nobody. We are all pro-life. But there are circumstances that we cannot avoid.

There's the mother's health. There's just not being ready, you know? And what that means financially. And for someone's destiny. This is an economic issue. Just because there are women that don't believe in abortion, don't take away someone else's right.

And I have to also say that this will affect the communities of color more than anything, okay? This is -- I feel like any woman of privilege that lives in one of these states if this goes through, they're going to be able to travel to a state to get a safe reproductive health care.

But for the women of color, for the women that are marginalized, for the women that are low income communities, the women that are most at risk -- these bills are going to be catastrophic.

Milano noted that just this week, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a 40-year precedent, and she said the same thing could happen with Roe v. Wade.

People on both sides of the issue agree that the point of passing abortion bans such as the one in Alabama is to have them tested in the Supreme Court, which legalized abortion in 1973.

The American Civil Liberties Union tweeted: "Abortion is NOT a crime — it's a constitutional right. We will sue to stop this (Alabama) law from ever taking effect."

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