Georgia Dems Introduce Bill That Would Require A Man to Report to Authorities When He ‘Releases Sperm From His Testicles’
No, this is not an article from The Onion.
The bizarre legislation came shortly before a state Senate panel approved another proposal (HB 481) to ban most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, a bill known as the “heartbeat abortion ban.”
“According to the House website, HB 604 was introduced by Reps. Park Cannon (D-Atlanta), Renitta Shannon (D-Decatur), Donna McLeod (D-Lawrenceville), Sandra Scott (D-Rex) and Kendrick March 11. It does not appear to have been assigned to a House committee at this time,” WRDW reported.
Kendrick told Rolling Stone she’s aware that her measure has little chance of passing (it’s already past the deadline for submitting new legislation), but she said it is meant to call attention to the “absurd” double standard women are being held to.
Kendrick made headlines last week when she posted a “testicular bill of rights” on her Twitter feed. The “legislation” would force men to obtain permission before they obtain Viagra or “any erectile dysfunction medication,” ban vasectomies in the state, and make it a crime of “aggravated assault” for men to have sex without condoms.
The state representative acknowledged that she was being vindictive in response to the “heartbeat abortion ban.” “Ggggooooodddd morning! Introducing my ‘testicular bill of rights’ legislative package. You want some regulation of bodies and choice? Done!”
Kendrick also penned an op-ed piece for Newsweek headlined “You want our wombs? We’re coming for your testicles.”
There are some that say “this isn’t a laughing matter” and they are right! Yet, HB 481 was rushed through the committee process, brought on the floor late into the hours of Crossover Day when bills have to pass to the other chamber, and passed the Georgia House of Representatives. So I agree it’s not a laughing matter—but neither is the government telling me when I must have a child.
HB 481 is not done. It’s in the Georgia Senate as I write this opinion. It can still be stopped, I believe. So whether I actually file my “testicular bill of rights” or not, I will continue to work with the Senate to try to stop this heinous, unconstitutional measure that attacks women’s core rights to privacy and family planning. I was elected by 54,000 Georgians to fight for their interests—and I will continue to do so no matter what stands in my way.
Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams, who lost in 2018, decried HB 481, dubbing it the “forced pregnancy bill.”
“Today, HB 481—effectively banning abortion in GA—passed out of committee on a party & gender line vote,” she wrote on Twitter. “Make no mistake: #HB481 is not a “heartbeat” bill—it is a forced pregnancy bill, and it must be stopped.”