Actress Alyssa Milano on Monday penned an op-ed arguing that the sex strike she called for was an "extreme response" to the Republican Party's "undeniable war on women."
"Calling for a sex strike as a way to protest restrictions on abortion has sparked a powerful response," Milano, who first called for the strike to protest anti-abortion laws last weekend, writes in a CNN op-ed with fellow activist Waleisah Wilson.
"Sure, it's been a mixed reaction, but it got the country talking about the GOP's undeniable war on women. And let's face it, with so much going on every day in the news, sometimes we need an extreme response to get national attention."
The essay goes on to list the various reasons as to why they are calling for a sex strike. The two note the multiple state legislatures that have passed laws that ban abortions after a heartbeat is detected, something that generally occurs within six weeks of a pregnancy.
"None of these bans have yet to take effect, and while they will be challenged in court, they are part of an alarming trend," Milano and Wilson write, before later noting that Americans must "pay attention to the incremental challenges to abortion rights and figure out how to resist them both collectively and individually. "
The two go on to argue that "a #SexStrike is a way to target straight, cisgender men so they may feel the physical consequences of our reproductive rights being systematically eliminated."
Milano called for a sex strike on Twitter over the weekend, urging people to join her in "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
The call arrived just days after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed legislation banning abortions once a fetus has a detectable heartbeat.
Republican governors in Ohio, Kentucky and Mississippi also signed versions of what is known as the fetal "heartbeat" law earlier this year.
Milano has vowed to boycott the state over the new law. The outspoken actress told BuzzFeed News last week that she would not return to the Netflix show, "Insatiable," if it continues to film in Georgia.