Alyssa Milano calls for sex strike in protest against US abortion laws

Alyssa Milano calls for sex strike in protest against US abortion laws

Actress Alyssa Milano ignited social media with a tweet on Friday night calling for women to join her in a sex strike to protest against strict abortion laws in the US.

The former star of Charmed and Melrose Place urged women in her tweet to stop having sex "until we get bodily autonomy back".

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BEVERLY HILLS, LOS ANGELES, CA, USA - NOVEMBER 29: Alyssa Milano arrives at the 32nd Annual American Cinematheque Awards Gala held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 29, 2018 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency/Sipa USA)
LOS ANGELES, CA, USA - FEBRUARY 20: Actress Alyssa Milano arrives at the VH1 Trailblazer Honors 2019 held at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre on February 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Image Press Agency/Sipa USA)
Alyssa Milano attends Vital Voices Bay Area Gala 2019 on February 6, 2019 at St. Regis in San Francisco, CA. (Photo by Arthur Kobin/Drew Altizer Photography/Sipa USA)
Alyssa Milano attends Vital Voices Bay Area Gala 2019 on February 6, 2019 at St. Regis in San Francisco, CA. (Photo by Devlin Shand/Drew Altizer Photography/Sipa USA)
Alyssa Milano attends the InStyle And Warner Bros. Golden Globes After Party 2019 held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Art Garcia/Sipa USA)
Alyssa Milano at the 76th Golden Globe Awards during the red carpet arrivals held at the Beverly Hilton on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Sthanlee Mirador/Sipa USA)
BEVERLY HILLS, LOS ANGELES, CA, USA - NOVEMBER 29: Alyssa Milano arrives at the 32nd Annual American Cinematheque Awards Gala held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 29, 2018 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency/Sipa USA)
Actress Alyssa Milano attends the UNICEF USA's 14th Annual Snowflake Ball at Cipriani Wall Street in New York, NY, on November 27, 2018. (Photo by Anthony Behar/Sipa USA)
Actress Alyssa Milano attends the UNICEF USA's 14th Annual Snowflake Ball at Cipriani Wall Street in New York, NY, on November 27, 2018. (Photo by Anthony Behar/Sipa USA)
Alyssa Milano arrives at the 2018 Variety's Power Of Women: Los Angeles held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, CA on Friday, ?October 12, 2018. (Photo By Sthanlee B. Mirador/Sipa USA)
Actress Alyssa Milano (R) listens to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as he testifies before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, September 27, 2018. Kavanaugh was to testify in front of the panel next on Thursday afternoon, having stridently rejected the allegations of sexual abuse by Blasey Ford and two other women in prepared remarks. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/Pool/Sipa USA)
SEPTEMBER 27, 2018 - WASHINGTON, DC: Alyssa Milano, actress and activist, is seen before the hearing. The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford to testify about sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill Thursday, September 27, 2018. (Photo by Erin Schaff/Pool/Sipa USA)
Alyssa Milano arrives at "A Star Is Born" Los Angeles Premiere held at The Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles, CA on Monday, September 24, 2018. (Photo By Sthanlee B. Mirador/Sipa USA)
Alyssa Milano at the Showtime Emmy Eve Party at the Chateau Marmont on September 16, 2018 in West Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Katrina Jordan/Sipa USA)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - September 15 - Alyssa Milano attends GLAAD Gala San Francisco 2018 on September 15th 2018 at Hyatt Regency San Francisco in San Francisco, CA (Photo - Drew Altizer Photography/Sipa USA)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - September 15 - Alyssa Milano attends GLAAD Gala San Francisco 2018 on September 15th 2018 at Hyatt Regency San Francisco in San Francisco, CA (Photo - Drew Altizer Photography/Sipa USA)
Alyssa Milano at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association press conference for "Insatiable" at the Four Seasons Hotel on August 9, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. . (Photo by Yoram Kahana/Shooting Star/Sipa USA) *** NO TABLOID PUBLICATIONS ***
Alyssa Milano at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association press conference for "Insatiable" at the Four Seasons Hotel on August 9, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. . (Photo by Yoram Kahana/Shooting Star/Sipa USA) *** NO TABLOID PUBLICATIONS ***
JUL 17, 2018 : Alyssa Milano speaks to the crowd at an event Michael Avenatti organized during a protest in front of the White House, just two days after Donald Trump's gaffs in Helsinki, Finland with Vladimir Putin.(Credit Image: © John Middlebrook/CSM/Sipa USA)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 6: Actress Alyssa Milano speaks during a news conference at the House Triangle on the need to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment on June 6, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Alyssa Milano at the 7th Biennial UNICEF Ball held at Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on April 14, 2018 in Beverly Hills, CA, USA (Photo by JC Olivera/Sipa USA)
December 11, 2017; Birmingham, AL, USA; American actress Alyssa Milano claps during the rally for U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones. Mandatory Credit: Mickey Welsh/Daily Advertiser/Sipa USA
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Honoree Alyssa Milano arrives at the Television Industry Advocacy Awards benefiting The Creative Coalition, hosted by TV Guide Magazine & TV Insider at Tao Los Angeles on September 16, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Scott Kirkland/PictureGroup)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Honoree Alyssa Milano speaks at the Television Industry Advocacy Awards benefiting The Creative Coalition, hosted by TV Guide Magazine & TV Insider at Tao Los Angeles on September 16, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by PictureGroup)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Alyssa Milano and Milo Ventimiglia at the Television Industry Advocacy Awards benefiting The Creative Coalition, hosted by TV Guide Magazine & TV Insider at Tao Los Angeles on September 16, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by PictureGroup)
Alyssa Milano at the The NHL100 Gala at Microsoft Theater on January 27, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA *** Please Use Credit from Credit Field ***
Alyssa Milano at The NHL100 Gala at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA on January 27, 2017. (Photo by David Edwards) *** Please Use Credit from Credit Field ***
24 August 2016 - Hollywood, California - Alyssa Milano. Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles Fashion Fundraiser - Runway Show held at the Taglyan Cultural Complex in Hollywood.
Alyssa Milano arrives to the HBO Golden Globes after party, held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, Sunday, January 8, 2017. *** Please Use Credit from Credit Field ***
Alyssa Milano at The Luc Robitaille's Celebrity Shootout held at Toyota Sports Center on March 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, United States (Photo by JC Olivera) *** Please Use Credit from Credit Field ***
Alyssa Milano attends the 2013 Nascar Sprint Cup Series Awards in Las Vegas
Alyssa Milano arrives at the 2013 Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party on September 20, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. Francis Specker /Landov
Alyssa Milano arrives at the 2013 Young Hollywood Awards on August 1, 2013 in Santa Monica, California. Francis Specker /Landov
Alyssa Milano arrives at the 2010 VH-1 Do Something Awards in Hollywood, California
Alyssa Milano arrives for the Spike TV's Video Game Awards 2009 in Los Angeles, California on December 12, 2009.
Alyssa Milano arrives for the UNICEF Ball in Beverly Hills, USA
Alyssa Milano arrives at the Playboy Super Bowl Party in Chandler, Arizona.
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Her tweet came days after Georgia became the fourth state in the US this year to ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks, before many women know they are pregnant.

"We need to understand how dire the situation is across the country," Milano told The Associated Press on Saturday.

"It's reminding people that we have control over our own bodies and how we use them."

Milano faced some criticism for her idea but also received support from fans and fellow actress Bette Midler, who joined her in also calling for a sex strike with her own tweet.

Milano said the criticism did not bother her and that her tweet was having her desired effect, "which is getting people to talk about the war on women".

She said she fears one of the laws could eventually be decided by the conservative-leaning US Supreme Court, which Republicans hope will overturn the 1973 Roe v Wade decision legalising abortion.

"That is absolutely horrifying to me," Milano said. "Anyone who is not completely and totally outraged by this and doesn't see where this is leading, I think is not taking this threat seriously."

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