GA. Democratic Lawmaker Drafts Her Own Testicular Bill In Response To GOP Anti-Abortion Law

I couldn’t resist sharing the following piece in full as it just hit home for me. A Democratic Georgian female legislator has obviously reached her limit in having to fight off GOP’s attempts to to control the lives of women’s bodies. She has decided to return the favor to her male colleagues who seem to be overly obsessed with women’s private parts as they attempt to draft new more restrictive anti- abortion laws, with her own legislation that she has introduced to restrict men’s testicular activities.

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Here’s the rest of the story…

On March 12, 2019, Laura Clawson of the Daily Kos penned the following report, ‘Georgia Democrat responds to anti-abortion bill with ‘Testicular Bill of Rights’

“Georgia Republicans are at it again, trying to control women’s bodies through the law—but this time, state Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick is replying in kind with her “Testicular Bill of Rights” showing what it looks like to propose similar legal control of men’s bodies.”

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Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick

“Kendrick’s bill, which obviously will not become law, would require men to get permission from their sexual partners before obtaining a Viagra prescription; ban vasectomies and impose criminal penalties on doctors who perform them; require men to begin paying child support immediately after a paternity test performed after eight weeks of pregnancy; and impose a 24-hour waiting period on men’s purchases of porn or sex toys.”

“It’s a direct response to a Republican bill to ban abortion after six weeks, a point when many women don’t even know they’re pregnant yet. That bill recently passed the Georgia House and is headed for a vote in the state Senate. Georgia law already requires a waiting period before a woman can exercise her legal right to have an abortion, as well as limiting insurance coverage for state workers and women in the state’s Affordable Care Act health exchange.”

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GEORGIA PROTESTERS

On March 12. 2019, Katie Mettier of the Washington Post penned the following report, “Read the ‘testicular bill of rights,’ one lawmaker’s answer to antiabortion legislation”

Excerpts:

“It started, as all things do, with a tweet.”

“Ggggooooodddd morning!” state Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick, a Georgia Democrat, wrote Monday (3/11/2019), introducing what she is calling her “testicular bill of rights” legislative package. “You want some regulation of bodies and choice? Done!”

“The tweet included an image of an email outlining her five-point plan:”

  • “Require men to get permission from their sex partner before obtaining a prescription for erectile dysfunction medication.”
  • “Ban vasectomy procedures in Georgia and penalize doctors who perform them.”
  • “Make having sex without a condom an “aggravated assault” crime for men.”
  • “Require men to begin paying child support when the woman is six weeks and one day pregnant per a paternity test required at the same time.”
  • “Create a 24-hour “waiting period” for men who wish to purchase porn or sex toys in the state of Georgia.”

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“Kendrick’s testicular bill of rights is a direct answer to HB 481, the “heartbeat bill” passed by her Republican colleagues in the Georgia House of Representatives last week. The bill would ban abortion in Georgia at about six weeks, when a detectable heartbeat is first found in a fetus.”

“At 6 weeks, many women do not yet know they are pregnant.”

“If the antiabortion bill passes the Georgia Senate and is signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp, it would be among the most restrictive in the country, reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.”

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REP. KENDRICK

“She told Rolling Stone she knows the bill will not pass — definitely not this year, because the filing deadline has already passed, and maybe not ever. But that was never the point, she said. She proposed her testicular bill of rights 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,” Kendrick told Rolling Stone.”

Dar’shun Kendrick

@DarshunKendrick

Ggggooooodddd morning! Introducing my “testicular bill of rights” legislative package. You want some regulation of bodies and choice? Done!

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“Kendrick called HB 481 a “test case.”

“It is a case to test Roe v. Wade. They’re hoping that it gets up to the Court of Appeals — the 11th Circuit is one of the most conservative court circuits, 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. “They know exactly what they are doing. This is intentional.”

See AJC report:Georgia Democrats propose bills targeting ‘men’s reproductive health’

14 comments

    • Dear Suze,

      Wouldn’t you love to see this legislation introduced somewhere for real? I was around when abortions were not legal. I learned that lots of women put themselves at risk and that all the bans in the world won’t stop someone who’s intent on ending her pregnancy.

      Those folks who claim to be pro-life are really only pro-birth and they don’t even do that well, as the USA would not be #1 among all developed countries for infant mortality rates.

      This post was a reprieve from having to watch a bunch of old White men trying to interfere with women’s rights to medical care and to have control over her own body.

      Thanks a million for all your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  1. Gronda, it won’t go anywhere, but it is s huge gesture. I think I love the paternity test/ child support requirement. By itself, that will assure birth control is used.

    I also hope other female legislators copycat it and propose it in their states. Keith

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    • Dear Keith,

      It would be a lot of fun to watch other female legislators use Rep. Kendrick’s work as a template law in the future. I liked the paternity test-child support part as well.

      Hugs, Gronda

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