Georgia Democrat Introduces Bill to Ban Vasectomies

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(Newser) – Georgia state Rep. Yasmin Neal introduced a tongue-in-cheek bill today that would ban all vasectomies in the state, except when medically necessary. “It is patently unfair that men avoid the rewards of unwanted fatherhood by presuming that their judgment over such matters is more valid than the judgment of the General Assembly,” the bill reads.

The bill comes as Georgia’s legislature is considering banning abortions for women after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

“It is the purpose of the General Assembly to assert an invasive state interest in the reproductive habits of men,” Neal’s bill asserts. Of course, Neal tells CNN, she doesn’t actually oppose vasectomies; she’s just making a point. Her bill cribs some language directly from the abortion bill. “If we legislate women’s bodies, it’s only fair that we legislate men’s,” she reasons. But the abortion bill’s author chided Democrats for not taking the abortion debate seriously, calling it “a poor attempt at humor.”

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2 Responses to Georgia Democrat Introduces Bill to Ban Vasectomies

  1. Bill Formby

    February 22, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Snip for clip, you might say.

  2. Porter51

    February 23, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Well, I certainly see the humor and irony. We fought for the vote, we continue to fight for equality in the work place, and we are still fighting for our rights. We are not going away. These fools in Georgia and other states might do well to remember that come November.