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Georgia Lawmakers Push Bill Requiring Older Men to Call the Cops When They Ejaculate

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A pair of Georgia Democrat lawmakers are planning to introduce a package of bills that would require men to call the police when they ejaculate, and would classify unprotected sex as “aggravated assault” on the man’s part.

On February 13, a white Republican man, Rep. Ed Setzler of Acworth, in the House of Representatives of Georgia, introduced anti-abortion bill HB 481 to ban abortions after six weeks – legislation commonly known as a “heartbeat bill” – since it aims to cut off abortion at the moment “a fetal heartbeat can be detected” and before many women know they are pregnant. In just three weeks, on March 7, the measure considered to be among the most restrictive in the country passed, 93-73.

The passage of Georgia Republicans’ abortion ban in the state house has set off a firestorm of responses, though, encouraging the introduction of a new bill that takes pro-life logic one step further.

Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick (D-Lithonia), who believes HB 481 will do more harm than good by leading women to seek out unsafe options for abortions, proposed a “testicular bill of rights legislative package” – a response she hopes will call attention to new legislation that would limit women’s access to abortions.

House Bill 604 aims to ensure that any time men who are 55 or older ejaculate, they would be bound by law to immediately report themselves to the nearest law enforcement agency, reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“Any male 55 years of age or older shall immediately report to the county sheriff or local law enforcement agency when such male releases sperm from his testicles,” the bill says.

HB 604 co-sponsor Rep. Park Cannon told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the “bill helps men who are well past reproductive age to self-report when they willfully engage in conception.”

Kendrick tweeted the screen grab of her email to continue the conversation around, and draw attention, to HB 481, which she described as an “attack on women across Georgia,” rather than truly wanting to crack down on men’s choices.

She wrote: “You want some regulation of bodies and choice? Done!”

Kendrick has called for the legislative proposal, which is still being written, to encompass five key points:

(1) It would require men to get permission from their sex partner before obtaining a prescription for erectile dysfunction medication;

(2) ban vasectomies and penalize doctors who perform the procedure;

(3) make having sex without a condom an “aggravated assault” crime for men;

(4) require men to begin child support payments when the woman is six weeks and one day pregnant, per a paternity test required at the same time; and

(5) create a 24-hour “waiting period” for men who wish to purchase porn or sex toys in Georgia. 

The point of proposing this legislation was to start a conversation about how reproductive rights are regulated, and by whom, Kendrick told Rewire.News.

“What I hope to accomplish I’ve already accomplished, which is to drive the conversation about how men think about their reproductive rights, and choices about their bodies, if women decided to regulate those,” she said.

Her proposal brings into sharp focus conservatives’ crusade to legislate control of women’s bodies through restrictive abortion bills and other measures that undermine reproductive rights. As statistics show, restricting access to abortions does not in fact reduce their frequency.

“If you’re going to legislate our bodies, then we have every right to propose legislation to regulate yours,” Kendrick told Rolling Stone.

Although Kendrick admitted that her “testicular bill of rights” has little chance of advancing through the Georgia Assembly, she vowed to continue her fight against HB 481 as it goes to the Georgia State Senate.

“The battle is not done,” she told Newsweek. “No one has a right to decide when we (me included) have children. No. One.”

“They’re hoping that it gets up to the Court of Appeals – the 11th Circuit is one of the most conservative court circuits that we have, and they’re hopeful that they will uphold part of it, and then they’ll take it all the way to the Supreme Court,” Kendrick told Rolling Stone.

But as a lawyer, she also understands that bills seeking to ban abortion are simply unconstitutional and are largely a test balloon, part of a broader incremental assault on women’s reproductive choices.

“This is a test case for the Supreme Court. Most people who support HB 481 know it’s unconstitutional,” Kendrick said.

“We have to change our conversation,” Kendrick added. “Because they know it’s unconstitutional. So we have to find different ways to attack it. Either fiscally for the fiscal conservatives, either talking about privacy rights that can help sway some of the more libertarian Republicans – we just have to change the way that we argue.”

“I don’t want the government to restrict ANYONE’S choices, so this is clearly meant to be a counternarrative about the absurdity of HB 481 and bills like it that restrict women’s choices,” she said.

State Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick introduced a ‘testicular bill of rights’ with several absurd proposals to restrict men's reproductive rights in response to the state legislature passing a ‘heartbeat bill’ that would ban abortions after six weeks. / CNN

She highlighted the proposal during a radio interview on Georgia Public Broadcasting. “If the state of Georgia is going to be concerned with regulating women’s reproductive rights, I think it’s only fitting that we also do that for men’s reproductive rights,” she said, adding that her proposal “really is to draw attention to what I think is an absurdity.”

Kendrick was also among Democratic lawmakers who protested against HB 481 by bringing wire coat hangers and bleach to the floor of the chamber to suggest such legislation may push women to seek dangerous at-home and backstreet abortions.

Several woman legislators brought coat hangers into the Georgia House Thursday, March 7 to show opposition to the state's proposed bill to ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected / AP

 

Asked to respond to those who might argue it is unfair to restrict men’s reproductive rights, she told Newsweek: “Ya think?! Imagine that – men thinking it unfair to restrict or legislate men’s reproductive rights. Wherever did I get this idea?”

Reproductive rights are under attack in Georgia, she said, and some Republican legislatures “hope that they will get to the U.S. Supreme Court and changes will be made with the help of Trump appointees.”

These bills are not the first in this vein to respond to abortion restrictions and grab headlines, though. One such bill was introduced in Georgia seven years ago by Rep. Yasmin Neal to ban vasectomies in response to a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks (which is now state law).

“This bill and the pro-life bill passed by the Georgia House are in stark contrast with each other, as Bill 481’s goal is to protect the lives of unborn babies, whereas this bill simply limits the rights of men in a belittling fashion,” Infowars’ Jamie White wrote.

Author: USA Really