By Jonathon Van Maren
In the wake of the overthrow of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, “abstinence” started trending on Twitter. Not, as you might expect, because of Christians advocating sexual responsibility, or from lawmakers passing pro-life laws. Some abortion activists are calling for a total sex strike to protest the Supreme Court decision. As it turns out, there is an instinctive recognition that the abortion industry serves as a backstop for the sexual revolution, and the fact that some states are banning abortion has triggered some abortion activists into reverse-engineering sexual responsibility.
This isn’t the first time the suggestion has surfaced. Some of you may remember that, back in 2019, prominent abortion activist and actress Alyssa Milano called for a sex strike in response to a ramped-up raft of pro-life laws passing across America. ““Our reproductive rights are being erased. Until women have legal control over our own bodies, we just cannot risk pregnancy,” she stated. She was perhaps taken aback when pro-lifers immediately supported her suggestion. Indeed, if you plan to kill a child conceived during the baby-making act, you should definitely avoid that act.
Others are chiming in now. One Twitter user called for a total #SexStrike and advised women to stop sleeping with their husbands “unless we are trying to get pregnant.” Another young woman in her twenties told the New York Post that she would only sleep with men who first had vasectomies. “If you’re a man who won’t get a vasectomy, even though it’s reversible, and you’re not out in the streets fighting for my rights, you do not deserve to have sex with me,” she said. Monique Pressley, a legal analyst and political commentator on Twitter, wrote: “Perhaps a #sexstrike (also known as #abstinence ) would help the men folk to be all in on this #womensrights issue.”