Lawmakers always be up in women's personal ovary business. But these last few weeks have been especially crazy, what with the all-male panel on birth control, and the new, insane Virginia abortion law.
So it's pretty awesome to see some Georgia Democratic lawmakers fighting back. Their proposal? A bill to limit the number of vasectomies men are allowed to get in the state.
The brilliant part of this the bill is that it's complete satire. The bill's author, Assemblymember Yasmin Neal, is trying to make a point about the government regulating what people do with their junk. This is all happening at the same time that a very serious Georgia bill proposes banning abortions after twenty weeks — even though abortions after twenty weeks usually happen because of threats to a woman's health, or severe birth defects. But I digress — back to literal dick regulations. Here's Assemblymember Neal's statement to the press:
Thousands of children are deprived of birth in this state every year because of the lack of state regulation over vasectomies. 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.
You have to give it to Neal for flipping the logic on lawmakers so smartly. This bill helps make clear the double standard that exists around reproductive health in this country. Lawmakers regularly dictate what women can do with their vaginas, but a bill regulating penises? It must be a joke!