Actress calls for sex strike

to protest new abortion laws

Actress Alyssa Milano ignited social media with a tweet Friday night 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 her tweet to stop having sex "until we get bodily autonomy back." Her tweet came days after Georgia joined Ohio and two other states 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."

She noted that women have historically withheld sex to protest or advocate for political reform.

Milano received support from fans. But both liberals and conservatives also lampooned her idea, with conservatives praising her for promoting abstinence and liberals saying she was pushing a false narrative that women only have sex as a favor to men.

Milano said her tweet was having her desired effect, "which is getting people to talk about the war on women."

 

Michael Jackson's son Prince

graduates from college

Twenty-two-year-old Prince Jackson — whose real name is Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. — went through commencement ceremonies Saturday at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, graduating with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

Cousin T.J. Jackson, Prince's guardian after his father died 10 years ago, tweeted, "it's been a long road but you did it. Keep learning, keep growing and keep giving back!"

Michael Jackson has two other children, 21-year-old Paris and 17-year-old Prince Michael Jackson, known by the nickname Blanket.