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Over the weekend, actress Alyssa Milano took to Twitter to call on all women to join her in a “sex strike” to protest Georgia’s new law banning abortion after a baby’s heartbeat in the womb is detectable.
“Our reproductive rights are being erased,” Milano tweeted. “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.”
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Milano’s first point—that women don’t have control over their own bodies—is in most cases simply untrue.
As a star of hit TV shows including “Who’s the Boss?,” “Melrose Place,” and “Charmed,” Milano should know better.
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Women in the United States of America are anything but oppressed and are free to govern themselves as they wish. This is unlike Muslim countries such as Iran, for example, where it is mandatory that women wear headscarves in public.
The Georgia law prohibiting abortion when a heartbeat is detectable, which typically occurs about six weeks into a pregnancy, provides exceptions. It allows abortions in cases of rape and incest if the woman files a police report, as well as to save the life of the mother.
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Although these exceptions are still hotly debated by many across the country, their presence in the law makes Milano’s point essentially baseless.
Furthermore, the ironic part of this debate is that pro-abortion folks like Milano don’t see the “autonomy” of the unborn child.
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What about the bodily autonomy of the unborn baby and the heart of the child that is beating? Does the mother’s bodily autonomy trump that of the body of the baby, and the heart that is beating as well?
Just because the child in the womb is smaller than the mother carrying it, and its level of development, environment, and degree of dependency are...
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