News & Opinion | March 13, 2019 10:30 am

“Testicular Bill of Rights” Proposed in Response to Georgia Abortion Law

The bill's aim is to draw attention to the "absurdity" of Georgia state abortion laws.

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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp support's the state's "heartbeat law." (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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A lawmaker in Georgia is proposing a law that would make it an “aggravated assault” for a man to have sex without a condom and that would require him to first obtain permission from his sexual partner before seeking a prescription for erectile dysfunction drugs.

Democratic minority whip Dar’shun Kendrick’s “testicular bill of rights” was announced via tweet on Monday, noting she’d instructed an aide to draft a bill, CNN reported.

Kendrick has also proposed a requirement for DNA testing at the sixth week of pregnancy to determine paternity, as well as requirements for the father to make immediate child support payments. It would also ban vasectomy procedures in the state. The bill would also impose a 24-hour waiting period for men to buy any porn or sex toys in Georgia.

“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,” Kendrick said during a radio interview on Georgia Public Broadcasting. “[The proposal] really is to draw attention to what I think is an absurdity.”

The lawmaker acknowledged that her bill’s requirements are a “tongue-in-cheek response” but argued her concern about HB 481 is serious, for reasons including an increase in the number of women who would subject themselves to unsafe abortions.

HB 481 is Georgia’s new  “heartbeat bill,” which bans abortions after the sixth week of pregnancy. The bill was called a “powerful moment” to “give all Georgians including the unborn a good chance to live, grow and prosper” by the state’s Governor, Brian Kemp.