To counter an anti-abortion bill, democrats in Georgia have proposed a counter bill which would outlaw vasectomies for men. The bill which was authored by Yasmin Neal of Riverdale seeks to show her mostly male counterparts how it feels to have their reproductive rights attacked the way women's are attacked.
Here is what they wrote in a press release:
Atlanta, Ga. – February 21, 2012 – House and Senate legislators will hold a public hearing on Wednesday to call attention to the double standard on reproductive rights by introducing the Anti-Vasectomy Act.
“Thousands of children are deprived of birth in this state every year because of the lack of state regulation over vasectomies,” said Rep. Yasmin Neal, author of the bill. “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.”
House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams added, “The Republican attack on women’s reproductive rights is unconscionable. What is more deplorable is the hypocrisy of HB 954’s author. If we follow his logic, we believe it is the obligation of this General Assembly to assert an equally invasive state interest in the reproductive habits of men and substitute the will of the government over the will of adult men.”
The bill’s author, Rep. Yasmin Neal, along with other members of the Georgia House Democratic Caucus, will be available to speak with press afterwards.
What: Public Hearing on The Anti-Vasectomy Act
When: Wednesday, February 22
Where: The CLOB, Room 515