Georgia lawmaker levels playing field after ‘heartbeat bill,’ proposes ban on vasectomies

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A Georgia lawmaker is spearheading legislation that would put restrictions on viagra and even criminalize vasectomies.

The proposal comes in response to the controversial “heartbeat bill,” which would place restrictions on women’s abortion rights.

Democratic State Representative Dar’shun Kendrick hasn’t even officially filed that proposal, but she said it’s doing exactly what she hoped it would do. It’s starting a nationwide conversation about women’s rights.

“To me, this is not about legislating woman’s bodies it’s about giving dignity to human beings in the womb they are in a different place than we are, but they still have value,” said Lynnette Gibney.

Gibney is a pro-life activist and spends most of her time fighting for unborn babies.

“When people say, ‘it’s her body,’ it’s her body carrying the child, but it is a separate human being that has a second heartbeat from the mother,” said Gibney. 

The “heartbeat bill” could mean state law would align with Gibney’s viewpoint, but the legislation is miles away from the point Kendrick is trying to make.

“It takes us back to back room abortions–it takes us back to women being seen as property and only good for raising children,” said Kendrick. 

Her response to the “heartbeat bill” would classify sex without a condom as aggravated assault, ban vasectomies, and would require men to begin paying child support immediately.

“What happens if you’ve already had a vasectomy, do we get arrested? Or do they un-do us so that we can have children again? I don’t want to have children,” said David Parrish, a concerned citizen. 

But Kendrick admits she has very little confidence the proposed bill would pass.

“The general theme around all of those bills is to bring a conversation to light that men are making decisions about women’s reproductive organs, their enjoyment or lack thereof sex, and so we get to have that same discussion about their reproductive rights,” said Kendrick. 

The cutoff date to submit legislation for this calendar year has already passed, so Kendrick will file next year.

As for the “heartbeat bill,” it was approved by the Georgia House on Thursday. However, the Supreme Court has set precedent in past cases that states cannot ban abortion before the point of viability, which is 23 to 25 weeks.

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