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Abortion Bans 2019: Alyssa Milano Urges Sex Strike Amid Prohibition

Actress Alyssa Milano took to Twitter to urge women to observe a sex strike as a protest against strict abortion ban policies. The movement asks women to abstain from engaging in sexual intercourse until the legislature lifts the prohibitions. The actress tweeted her protest after Georgia was hailed as the fourth state in the U.S. to enforce the 'heartbeat' bill. 

According to Global News California, the “Charmed” actress, “Project Runway All Stars” judge and #MeToo advocate urged all the women in the country to abstain from sex until they are granted absolute autonomy over their bodies. Her post came after Georgia was instituted as the fourth state in the U.S. to uphold the abortion bans. The mandate covers fetuses that are already six weeks old. This is the stage where a fetal heartbeat can already be detected.

Milano told The Associated Press last Saturday that posting on social media was her way of reminding women that they should have complete control over their bodies. According to her, women should be allowed to opt for abortion.

The 46-year-old Hollywood star also noted that the sex strike is a way for women to induce a political reform that may urge the legislature to lift the abortion bans. Conservatives praised Milano for using abstinence as a form of protest to voice out her stand about women’s rights. The liberals, however, frowned upon her method of protest. They claimed it was an indication that women only engage in sexual intercourse to pleasure men.

Nevertheless, Milano said that her Twitter post received favorable results. She noted how it was significant enough that people were compelled to talk about the issue and acknowledge women’s stand on the abortion bans.

The bans started when the Supreme Court overturned the doctrine laid out in the 1973 Roe v. Wade court case. The Court's ruling in that case legalized abortion in the U.S. At present, four states have implemented the ban. The “heartbeat” bill was signed by Governor Brian Kemp into law last Tuesday. This means it will be enforced by January 1, 2020, according to the BBC.

Mississippi also followed suit and the law shall be enforced by July of this year. Some states, however, oppose the implementation of the "heartbeat" bill. In Kentucky, a federal judge claimed that it is unconstitutional.

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