Georgia house representative Dar’shun Kendrick is tired of old white men in the GOP regulating women’s bodies, so she’s introduced some legislation to control men’s bodies instead.
She’s calling it the “Testicular Bill of Rights.”
It would require the following:
Ggggooooodddd morning! Introducing my "testicular bill of rights" legislative package. You want some regulation of bodies and choice? Done! pic.twitter.com/5E8HBRSc9l
— Dar'shun Kendrick (@DarshunKendrick) March 11, 2019
Her bill is in response to the “Living Infants Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act” (HB 481) which passed in the Georgia State House and will be voted on March 14th in the Georgia State Senate.
Kendrick wrote an op-ed in Newsweek, defending her legislation. In it, she says:
So why did I post about drafting my “testicular bill of rights?” It’s simple. To show the absurdity when a woman tries to regulate a man’s body like HB 481 and other anti-choice bills are doing in regulating women’s bodies.
There are some that say “this isn’t a laughing matter” and they are right! Yet, HB 481 was rushed through the committee process, brought on the floor late into the hours of Crossover Day when bills have to pass to the other chamber, and passed the Georgia House of Representatives. So I agree it’s not a laughing matter—but neither is the government telling me when I must have a child.
HB 481 is not done. It’s in the Georgia Senate as I write this opinion. It can still be stopped, I believe. So whether I actually file my “testicular bill of rights” or not, I will continue to work with the Senate to try to stop this heinous, unconstitutional measure that attacks women’s core rights to privacy and family planning. I was elected by 54,000 Georgians to fight for their interests—and I will continue to do so no matter what stands in my way.
The handmaids are already protesting tomorrow’s vote.
ATTENTION MEN: Happening outside of the Georgia state Capitol. Hope to see you tomorrow March 14th at 3 PM for the hearing at HB 481. pic.twitter.com/S5QtZ8I9Fi
— Dar'shun Kendrick (@DarshunKendrick) March 13, 2019