Meghan McCain took aim at actress Alyssa Milano’s “sex strike” on “The View” Monday, saying that it wasn’t very feminist to tell women to “use their bodies as a bargaining chip.”
Following the passage of Georgia’s “heartbeat bill,” which bans abortion in most cases once a fetal heart rate can be detected, actress Alyssa Milano had called for film companies to refuse to do business in that state. Over the weekend, she took things a step further and called for women to refuse to have sex until women were restored agency over their own bodies.
Our reproductive rights are being erased.
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.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) May 11, 2019
McCain responded by pointing out the fact that Milano was ignoring the possibility that there were women who, like her, were pro-life and didn’t have a problem with the new Georgia law. (RELATED: Meghan McCain Incensed By Dems Who’d Consider Letting Boston Bomber Vote)
“I’m pro-life,” McCain began. “I think that people like Alyssa Milano need to understand there are — women aren’t just one section of the population like her. I feel like pro-life women are completely left out of conversations like this in one way or another. It doesn’t occur to her that there are women like me that don’t have a problem with this bill.”
Joy Behar jumped in, trying to turn the argument back on Republicans.
“Let’s talk about the men instead of the women. Why are men having such a war against women?” she asked. “Why is the Republican Party trying to set women back 50 years? Why do they want us back in the kitchen barefoot and pregnant?”
McCain fired back, “It’s not what we want. It’s a difference of way you view life. If you believe it starts at conception or if you believe that it doesn’t …”
“They want to regulate my body, but they don’t regulate guns. It’s the same people,” Behar interrupted.
“There are a few things I don’t understand,” McCain said. “Telling women to use their bodies as a bargaining chip to me doesn’t seem very feminist. I also think that the sexual revolution happened so women could the agency to have sex with whoever they wanted. Part of the revolution was the access [to] birth control. You’re leaving out birth control.”
Ana Navarro argued that there were a lot of nuances in play and that her personal beliefs shouldn’t dictate what other families had to go through, saying, “There are families that can’t do it. I refuse to stand in judgment of other people. I don’t want other people standing in judgment of me.”
“I think you have to understand for pro-life women like me, which is a strong tenet of who I am, I believe abortion is murder,” McCain concluded. “The idea there is gray in allowing murder in the United States …”