Georgia Democrats Plan Anti-Abortion Legislation called “Testicular Bill of Rights”

[Maya T. Prabhu | AJC] A pair of Georgia Democrats are planning to file bills that address “men’s reproductive health” as a way to highlight the differences in how health care is treated between the sexes.

The proposals would target men’s health and impose restrictions that the sponsors said mimic what is being asked of women.

The move is a response to the passage of anti-abortion legislation in the state House that would ban the procedure once a doctor can detect a heartbeat in the womb — which is usually around six weeks into a pregnancy. 

House Bill 481, which now must go through the state Senate, also includes provisions that would require fetuses “at any stage of development” to be included in the state’s population count and allow parents to claim fetuses on their taxes as dependents.

The bills are being proposed as more of a point than with the hope of passing. Bills introduced after the General Assembly’s self-imposed cutoff to clear one chamber have little chance of becoming law.

State Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick, a Lithonia Democrat, announced plans to file legislation she’s calling the “testicular bill of rights.”

“You want some regulation of bodies and choice?” she said in a post on Twitter. “Done!”

Kendrick said she asked legislative staff to draft a bill that would require DNA testing once a woman is six weeks and one day pregnant to establish paternity and require the father to begin paying child support. 

Kendrick’s proposal would also require men to get permission from their partner before receiving a prescription for erectile dysfunction medicine and wait 24 hours before purchasing pornography or sex toys in Georgia. 

Democratic state Rep. Park Cannon of Atlanta was soliciting signatures for a proposal that would require men who are age 55 and older to “immediately report to the county sheriff or local law enforcement agency” when he “releases sperm from his testicles.”

[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Maya T. Prabhu and originally published at The Atlantic Journal-Constitution. Title changed by P&P.]



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