State Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick is the Democratic lawmaker in Georgia that proposed banning vasectomies and requiring men to get permission from their partners before getting Viagra prescriptions. The proposal comes in response to the restrictive new abortion bill approved by the state’s House of Representatives.
This is what she shared on Twitter:
Conservatives’ campaign to legislate control of women’s bodies through restrictive abortion bills has been brought into focus by Kendrick’s proposed bill, and the legislative package would make it an “aggravated assault” if a man has intercourse with a woman without a condom. And, to add to that, it would also require paternity testing to be done before eight weeks of pregnancy, and require the expectant fathers to immediately begin paying child support.
Kendrick told Rolling Stone that the aim of the proposed legislation is to raise awareness to the fact that if someone is going to legislate our bodies, we have every right to propose legislation to regulate theirs.
A bill has been approved by the Georgia House last week which criminalizes abortions after a doctor can detect a heartbeat in the womb. This often happens around six weeks of pregnancy, before many women can even realize that they’re pregnant.
The bill now moves to the Senate, which also has a Republican majority.