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Bette Midler calls for women to refuse to have sex to protest Texas abortion law

Bette Midler has weighed in on the highly controversial new Texas law on abortion (Picture: Getty)

Bette Midler has suggested women shun sex in protest at the new SB8 law that was passed in Texas.

The so-called Heartbeat Act, banning abortions from as early as six weeks, is one of the most restrictive American laws and is also imposed in the states of Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky and Ohio.

The actress tweeted that the refusal to have sex should be in place until women have the right to choose what happens to their own bodies.

She said: ‘I suggest that all women refuse to have sex with men until they are guaranteed the right to choose by Congress.’

The 75-year-old singer added that the law is a particular disadvantage to women of colour and stressed the effect the law will have on women’s right to choose.

‘This isn’t about guns, speech, money or war. It’s about women, their lives, their bodies, and their autonomy,’ she said.

‘That’s what allowed the court to do shoddy work, with careless disregard, because who’s going to stop it? They only did the thing in the dead of night, without care or effort, because they believe women are so used to being gaslit that of course, they’ll just tolerate it.

Bette suggested women stop having sex with men in protest (Picture: Twitter)
Bette felt the law will disproportionately harm Black and brown women (Picture: Twitter)
She referred to the ‘cruelty of the GOP’ (Picture: Twitter)
Bette slammed the law in a passionate string of tweets (Picture: Twitter)
The actress made her feelings known (Picture: Twitter)

‘They did the thing in the dead of night without care or effort because they genuinely believe that they’re only women, and they deserve what they get.’

The Wind Beneath My Wings singer continued: ‘Why do #antivaxxers and #antimaskers get to live the “my body, my choice” life, but pregnant women are not allowed to? How is this fair? Some say it’s Texas’ way of keeping black and brown women poor.

‘I say it’s also because they want WHITE women to keep replenishing the stock.(sic)’

Other celebrities to have spoken about against SB8 include Lizzo, Reese Witherspoon and Amy Schumer.

The law has also received severe backlash from the people of Texas, and US President Joe Biden condemned it as ‘extreme’.

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