Remember when Virginia State senator Janet Howell proposed a bill that would force men to endure medically unnecessary rectal exams in response to the preposterous, insulting and horrible Virginia legislation that forces women to be probed against their will if they want an abortion? Well, if you don’t, I’ve sufficiently reminded you, but you can click that link if you want.
Anyway, Doug McKillip, R-Athens, is also trying to make it harder/shittier for women to get abortions with a bill–”HB 954″–which seeks to make 20 weeks the cutoff time for an abortion, because that’s the point at which a fetus begins to feel pain. The measure also wants to demonize women and make it harder to get abortions based on “life of the mother,” exceptions: “No such condition shall be deemed to exist if it is based on a diagnosis or claim of a mental or emotional condition of the pregnant woman or that the pregnant woman will purposefully engage in conduct which she intends to result in her death or in substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function.” Current law prohibits abortion after 24 weeks, so HB 954 is just another disturbing example of someone trying to hack away at a woman’s constitutional rights.
In response–and perhaps in a nod to the aforementioned Howell–House Democrats have scheduled a Wednesday hearing at the state Capitol, to propose a bill that would ban Georgia males from seeking vasectomies. Take it away, press release:
“Thousands of children are deprived of birth in this state every year because of the lack of state regulation over vasectomies,” said Rep. Yasmin Neal, author of the bill. “It is patently unfair that men can avoid unwanted fatherhood by presuming that their judgment over such matters is more valid than the judgment of the General Assembly, while women’s ability to decide is constantly up for debate throughout the United States.”
House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams added, “The Republican attack on women’s reproductive rights is unconscionable. What is more deplorable is the hypocrisy of HB 954’s author. If we follow his logic, we believe it is the obligation of this General Assembly to assert an equally invasive state interest in the reproductive habits of men and substitute the will of the government over the will of adult men.”
Oddly, banning a man’s constitutional right to do what he wants with his reproductive organs strikes everyone as immediately insane… but some people still think that’s up for debate when it comes to ladies. Thank you, Ms. Neal, for pointing that out, though it’s a shame someone had to do it.