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Actress calls for sex strike to fight abortion laws

A push to enact some of the nation's strictest abortion laws could practically outlaw procedures across a large area of the South and a chunk of the Midwest.

Posted: May 11, 2019 2:50 PM

UNITED STATES - Actress Alyssa Milano ignited social media with a tweet calling for women to join her in a sex strike to protest strict abortion bans passed by Republican-controlled legislatures.
 
The former star of "Charmed" and "Melrose Place" urged women in the tweet Friday night to stop having sex "until we get bodily autonomy back." Her tweet came days after Georgia became the fourth state in the U.S. to ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected - about six weeks into a pregnancy and before many women know they're pregnant.
 
Milano told The Associated Press on Saturday that "the stakes are never higher than right now" because the laws are "outrageous" and could be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, which conservatives hope will overturn Roe v. Wade.

(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press)

'Heartbeat' laws could ban most abortions across Deep South

A push among conservative U.S. states to enact some of the nation's strictest abortion laws could practically outlaw the procedures across a large area of the Deep South and a chunk of the Midwest.

Georgia last week became the fourth state to enact a ban on abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which occurs before many women know they're pregnant. Similar bans have been signed into law this year in Mississippi, Kentucky and Ohio.

Alabama lawmakers plan a vote next week on whether to make performing nearly any abortion a felony. So-called "heartbeat" bans also remain in play in Republican-controlled legislatures in Louisiana and Missouri.

Attorney Elisabeth Smith of the Center for Reproductive Rights expects all such laws to be blocked by courts while lawsuits play out, which could take several years.

By RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press

(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press)

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