State Watch

Georgia state lawmaker proposes 'testicular bill of rights' in response to anti-abortion legislation

Georgia state Rep. Dar'shun Kendrick (D) on Monday announced that she is introducing a "testicular bill of rights" as a way to respond to a restrictive abortion bill the state House passed last week. 

"Ggggooooodddd morning! Introducing my 'testicular bill of rights; legislative package," Kendrick said in a tweet. "You want some regulation of bodies and choice? Done!"

Kendrick's tweet included an image of her proposed legislation, which would require men to obtain permission from their sex partner before obtaining erectile dysfunction medication and ban vasectomy procedures. 

The legislation also includes stipulations that would require DNA testing once a woman is six weeks and one day pregnant to "determine the father of the child who shall IMMEDIATELY start paying child support."

The bill also would make it an aggravated assault crime for a man to have sex without a condom. The final stipulation on Kendrick's list proposes a 24-hour waiting period for men to purchase any porn or sex toys in Georgia. 

Kendrick told Rolling Stone that she is "dead serious" about the proposed legislation. She added that she expects a draft on her desk later this month, though she admitted it has no chance of passing in the House. 

The point, she said, is 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 said.

The Georgia House last week voted in favor of a measure that would ban most abortions in the state after a fetus has a detectable heartbeat, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A heartbeat is generally detectable at around six weeks, which can be before a woman is even aware she's pregnant.

Women can seek an abortion up to 20 weeks into a pregnancy under current Georgia law.