“Introducing my ‘testicular bill of rights’ legislative package.”
Female Democratic lawmakers are sponsoring a law that would require men to report every release of sperm to police.
The language of HB 604, which would amend Chapter 1 of Title 35 of the Official Code of Georgia, would mandate that any man 55-years or older “immediately report to the county sheriff or local law enforcement agency when such male releases sperm from his testicles,” local NBC affiliate 11Alive reported last week.
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Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick, one of the law’s sponsors, told Rolling Stone that the law is a response to a Georgia bill that would ban most abortions after the detection of a fetus’ heartbeat. Kendrick admitted that HB 604 has little chance of making it through the Georgia House of Representatives, but said she seeks to “bring awareness to the fact that if you’re going to legislate our bodies, then we have every right to propose legislation to regulate yours.”
The Georgia House passed HB 481 – the so-called “heartbeat abortion bill” – earlier this month, sparking backlash including a “Handmaid’s Tale”-themed protest. It was approved by a Senate panel on Monday and will be voted on by the full Senate this week. If it passes, it will be sent back to the House and then to the desk of Gov. Brian Kemp, who is expected to sign it.
Current Georgia law allows abortions to be performed until 20 weeks into a pregnancy.
On Monday, Kendrick asked her legislative counsel to draft the HB 604. In addition to the ejaculation reporting requirement, the legislation would force men to obtain permission from their sexual partners before obtaining a prescription for Viagra, ban vasectomies in the state, classify sex without a condom as aggravated assault, mandate paternity testing at eight weeks of pregnancy, require expectant fathers to start paying child support immediately, and impose a 24-hour waiting period on men wanting to purchase porn or sex toys in the state of Georgia.
Ggggooooodddd morning! Introducing my "testicular bill of rights" legislative package. You want some regulation of bodies and choice? Done! pic.twitter.com/5E8HBRSc9l
— Dar'shun Kendrick (@DarshunKendrick) March 11, 2019
The controversy over the “heartbeat abortion bill” and the subsequent response by female lawmakers, highlights the friction between pro-life advocates and proponents of women’s rights. Feminists and progressives charge conservatives with seeking to control women’s bodies through legislation in service to backward patriarchal notions.
Meanwhile, many on the right dismiss such claims by arguing that the issue is more complex than the simple oppression of women’s rights, which should be weighed against the life of an unborn child.
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