Earlier this week the state of Georgia signed the "heartbeat bill" into legislation, which banned abortion after six weeks – before most people even know they're pregnant – and could jail women for life if they have an abortion any later than that.
Milano's suggestion has provoked mixed reactions. Some pro-choice activists like actor Bette Midler and human rights lawyer Kate Kelly seemed to support the proposal, but a number of anti-abortion campaigners seemed pleased with it too, which presumably wasn't the intention.
I hope the #womenofGeorgia stop having sex with men until these indignities are overturned.
Kay Fellows, who works at anti-abortion group Human Defense Initiative thanked Milano for "doing our work for us". Lila Rose, president of Live Action which is dedicated to "ending abortion" said she's "totally with" Milano, and that no one should have sex unless they're willing to raise a child.
Who would have thought abortion activists would end up doing our work for us?
Ready to see those abortion numbers… https://t.co/iez2MjPxa2
— Kay The Prolife Witch (@Kay The Prolife Witch)
@Alyssa_Milano I’m totally with you, @Alyssa_Milano, on not having sex. But the issue isn’t “reproductive rights.”… https://t.co/87WCkEotSJ
Others pointed out that Milano's sex strike excludes survivors of rape and sexual violence, as well as LGBT+ people who are not in a relationship with an opposite-sex partner but are still affected by these laws.
not to mention, as a sexual assault survivor the whole idea of a #SexStrike is moot @Alyssa_Milano