‘If you’re going to legislate our bodies, then we have every right to propose legislation to regulate yours’
Despite her realization that it has little hope of passing, Georgia Democratic state Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick told Rolling Stone she’s “dead serious” about her much ballyhooed “Testicular Bill of Rights” she trumpeted Monday morning on Twitter.
As a way of protesting the Georgia House of Representatives passing a bill last week banning abortions after the fetal heartbeat detection, Kendrick spelled out how she wants to “regulate” men’s bodies:
- Before men can get Viagra or or “any erectile dysfunction medication,” they have to get permission from their sexual partners.
- Vasectomies are banned, and doctors who perform them are charged with crimes.
- It’s “aggravated assault” for men to have sex without condoms.
- Paternity testing is required between six and eight weeks of pregnancy — and then fathers-to-be must start paying child support “IMMEDIATELY.”
- Men who want to purchase porn or sex toys must endure a 24-hour waiting period.
Kendrick added to Rolling Stone that her point 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.”
In regard to Georgia’s “heartbeat bill,” it’s expected to pass the state Senate and then would await Republican Gov. Brian Kemp’s signature, the magazine said.
‘They know exactly what they are doing’
Kendrick, a lawyer who represents Metro-Atlanta’s 93rd district, told Rolling Stone the bill is unconstitutional — and that’s the whole point.
“It’s unconstitutional on purpose: this is a test case. It is a case to test Roe v. Wade,” she added to the magazine. “They’re hoping that it gets up to the Court of Appeals — the 11th Circuit is one of the most conservative court circuits that we have, and they’re hopeful that they will uphold part of it, and then they’ll take it all the way to the Supreme Court. They know exactly what they are doing. This is intentional.”
Kendrick added to Rolling Stone that “in 2012, we had a bill that took [the cut-off to seek an abortion] from 26 weeks down to 20 weeks, and I knew that as soon as a Republican president got in office and was able to make Supreme Court nominations, that this was the direction we were headed.”
‘Georgia is going blue’
Beyond her Testicular Bill of Rights shot over the bow — which is “indicative of the people in power being scared that the tides are turning and we are going blue” — Kendrick told the magazine she’s looking at a bright future for Democrats in the state.
“Georgia is going blue: we picked up 17 seats this past legislative session,” she added to Rolling Stone. “So, as with most things, they are trying to rush it through because they know that it’s on the horizon. But if I am still here when Democrats take over, [the heartbeat bill] will be the first bill that I overturn if it’s not overturned already.”
Author: Dave Urbanski