Democratic women seek a state ban on vasectomies for men

This afternoon, the House Judiciary (Non-Civil) Committee will take up HB 954, a measure that would prohibit abortions on women who are more than 20 weeks pregnant. Current law prohibits abortions after the second trimester, or about 24 weeks.

The bill sponsored by Doug McKillip, R-Athens, asserts that 20 weeks is the point at which a fetus can begin to feel pain. The measure also attempts to tighten “life of the mother” exceptions to abortion:

No such condition shall be deemed to exist if it is based on a diagnosis or claim of a mental or emotional condition of the pregnant woman or that the pregnant woman will purposefully engage in conduct which she intends to result in her death or in substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function.

In response, House Democrats have scheduled a 3 p.m. Wednesday hearing at the state Capitol, to propose a bill that would ban Georgia males from seeking vasectomies. From the press release:

“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.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Score 1 for the Ladies

February 21st, 2012
10:20 am

Right-wing crazies need to stick with what they know…… wait…..do they know anything?

PMC

February 21st, 2012
10:27 am

We waste more time money and effort on social causes and nonsense. All of it detracts from focusing on infrastructure and the economy.

This is Mrs. Norman Maine

February 21st, 2012
10:27 am

Kudos to Ms. Neal and Ms. Abrams. Actually there should not be a need for vasectomies. After all, it is a license to do Things In The Sexual Realm That Is Counter To How Things Should Be. There should also be a ban on masturbation as is called for in the bible. It’s unnatural and a prime example of Things In The Sexual Realm That Is Counter To How Things Should Be. We and by we, I mean you all, should not be doing these things for pleasure anyway.

Ralph

February 21st, 2012
10:27 am

I prefer the amendment offered in Oklahoma that would have made it a felony to deposit sperm any place other than the man’s wife’s vagina.

DJ Sniper

February 21st, 2012
10:27 am

LMAO!!!! I’m a guy and I love this!!!!!

Real American

February 21st, 2012
10:28 am

Surely all good Christians will support Rep Neal’s bill. Of course they will.

*giggle*

Johann Wolfgang vonGoethe

February 21st, 2012
10:28 am

There is nothing worse than agressive stupidity.

Kingfish

February 21st, 2012
10:31 am

I say there, Brother Andy, you know everybody has a right to be stupid, but those ol’ boys over there is the Georgia State Legislature is abusing the privilege.

Becky

February 21st, 2012
10:31 am

I think there should be an intelligence test that must be passed to receive a script for Viagra.

jeffrey

February 21st, 2012
10:37 am

This is awesome and I’m not saying that because I’m afraid to get a vasectomy,which I totally am.

zeke

February 21st, 2012
10:39 am

The uncontrollable stupidity of democrats!

ED

February 21st, 2012
10:41 am

Viagra is the number one selling drug in the U.S.
Why isn’t the Catholic Church ranting about over-prescription of Viagra?
Imagine all the fornication it leads to!
The state should tax Viagra.
The state should test all men for ED before allowing doctors to prescribe Viagra. Any other basis for prescribing Viagra constitutes malpractice.

liberalefty

February 21st, 2012
10:45 am

the republicans war on the womb continues

GaBlue

February 21st, 2012
10:47 am

Yayyyyy! I also think they should introduce a bill requiring anyone obtaining a Viagra refill to provide a notarized affidavit from his legally-wedded spouse attesting to the specific, reproductively-driven use of each and every pill from the first bottle, including date, time, location, position, and how long it took to finish. (heh…)

If you can’t prove you’re only using it to make babies with your wife, you don’t get any more.

Rio42

February 21st, 2012
10:50 am

Men pay for their reproductive habits in family court. If they don’t, it’s off to jail. Abrams and Neil should give THAT some thought when talking about fairness.

Lynn43

February 21st, 2012
10:52 am

All Republican men politicians are crazy and want to keep women in their place-pregrant in the summer and barefoot in the winter. Oh, and let’s not forget destroying public schools so only white rich boys can get an education. I am a white educator, but I can see the “writing on the wall”.

JULIE

February 21st, 2012
11:04 am

Instead of preventing them from having vasectomies, the state and the nation should MAKE men that father children that they do not take care of have vasectomies! And the women that keep having babies with these types of men should seek therapy!

Poe

February 21st, 2012
11:13 am

Gender/sexual politics can be a minefield, and fraught with peril for those who bully and overreach, in a democracy where women are more than half of the voters. You will find that out at the next election, Republicans.
Nemo me impune lacessit.

MiltonMan

February 21st, 2012
11:14 am

Lynn43: “I am a white educator…”

That is really all we need to know. If you up to you & your minions, we would have the crappy Roy Barnes in office.

The same kook who was more interested in changing the flag, stealing money from 400 toll, getting his redistricting maps tossed out in court, etc., etc.

Centrist

February 21st, 2012
11:15 am

Silly.

Democrats are already vestigial in Georgia, and this is an example why.

MiltonMan

February 21st, 2012
11:17 am

Hate to break it to you Poe but this country is a form of a republic not a democracy.

Native Atlantan

February 21st, 2012
11:17 am

@Rio — miss the point much do you?

marjie0818

February 21st, 2012
11:19 am

republicans keep dipping under women skirts what is this fetish you wouldn’t have to pay for your reproductive habits if you did the right thing first instead of being forced ms neal has a point if this bill goes thru you have basically no say wake up i like having a choice ms neal and ms abrams great great great wow some of you have great addditions to the bill ha ha ha ha viagra

hryder

February 21st, 2012
11:20 am

Illogical reasoning in the presentation of this legislation. The equivalent medical procedure for females is tubal ligation, which is not illegal, rather than abortions. VOTE OUT ALL INCUMBENT ELECTED OFFICIALS IN NOVEMBER!

WTFrankenstein

February 21st, 2012
11:20 am

When you hear Republicans say, “Republic, not a Democracy” what they mean is “A minority ruled country, not a majority ruled country.”

Lauren

February 21st, 2012
11:21 am

You go girl. Give it right back to the neanderthals.

jconservative

February 21st, 2012
11:21 am

Ah, changing the flag!

I have not heard that in a few years. I guess that is because Sonny changed the flag back the way it was just as he promised. Right? Right?

honested

February 21st, 2012
11:24 am

In their permanent quest to fail to accept reality, the party of NO once again proves they cannot accept NO AS AN ANSWER (from the Supreme Court).

MiltonMan

February 21st, 2012
11:28 am

The future of the Democratic party here in Georgia: Yasmin a “by-product” of the crappy school system here in Georgia – Clayton County & works for the scandal-ridden Clayon County Sheriff department.

MiltonMan

February 21st, 2012
11:30 am

j, I kinda like the flag now – much better than that garbage ‘ole Rat Barnes gave us that resembled a used baby diaper.

WTFrankenstein

February 21st, 2012
11:30 am

Notice how MM picked Clayton County. Now, what, in particular about Clayton County do you think it is that made him pick that? Hmmm………hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…..

male dominance

February 21st, 2012
11:36 am

@ Native Atlantan
No you missed the point. What part of Rio’s didn’t you understand and what part of it didn’t make sense?

Centrist

February 21st, 2012
11:40 am

AJC article this morning nay-saying a plan to speed up professional licensing. Nothing will do for the AJC than to go back and willy nilly allow ILLEGAL immigrants to get licenses because it is too hard/costly/time consuming (you name it) to filter them out. Of course these are just straw dog arguments because liberals simply want ILLEGAL immigrants to get all of the benefits (including voting) that U.S. citizens have.

J Throckmorton Malcontent

February 21st, 2012
11:47 am

Let’s ban tattoos also, they’re clearly forbidden in Leviticus.

Keep doing this GOP

February 21st, 2012
11:47 am

I guess i can keep wondering about what this attack on women’s reproductive health has to do with attracting jobs to this state.

I mean , Georgia was what , 51st in job creation last year.

Looks like some people arent doing their jobs.

UGA 1999

February 21st, 2012
11:48 am

Typical Demoncrats being irrational and ilogical.

UGA 1999

February 21st, 2012
11:49 am

Tell me how a vasectomy kills babies and I will be all for it.

honested

February 21st, 2012
11:51 am

Sure am glad Mckillup jumped.
You never know what sort of nonsense is hiding in a person’s brain until they can expose their ‘true feelings’.

Ben

February 21st, 2012
11:52 am

That’s a horrible analogy. It would make sense if the initial bill was to ban women from getting spayed, but no one is trying to do that.

A dad

February 21st, 2012
11:54 am

Stupid is as stupid does.

WOW

February 21st, 2012
11:55 am

The point of nay-saying Kemp’s ‘power grab’ is because it’s dangerous. Tell me how 7 people can be an expert on the various licensing agency that the SOS’s office oversees? The idea of giving nursing licenses out in a week is scary to me. Streamlining is one thing, but this is a power grab like I’ve never seen.

While I understand Ms. Neal and Ms. Abrams point, I wish they would spend this time forcefully arguing against Kemp’s power grab and worry less about who is getting a vasectomy

Tasty Bottom

February 21st, 2012
12:00 pm

Next thing you know they’re going to legislate away my right to sodomize and be sodomized by an attractive member of the opposite sex. Or maybe they’re going to tax my lube and make it unreasonably expensive. These politicians aren’t any fun anymore. I guess they’ll be the only ones left to sodomize the general public.

Lauren

February 21st, 2012
12:06 pm

What’s next neanderthal cons? Are ya’ll going to legislate impure thoughts.

freidenker

February 21st, 2012
12:06 pm

ED,
the catlick church is in favor of anything that will result in more little catlicks. wouldn’t surprise me if the little wafers are laced with viagra. let women control their own bodies, oh wait, can’t do that because they’ll want to control men also. what a sad lot.

Lauren

February 21st, 2012
12:08 pm

How ’bout a ban on penis pumps, unless proven use is for procreation. Puritanical puds.

E-Roll

February 21st, 2012
12:08 pm

The one thing that I do believe in dearly is that none of us men should have the right to tell a woman what she can do with her body. I love the passion of people that are fighting for the ban on abortions but we should never be in a position where we can dictate our beliefs onto another person’s body.

Also before I get the replies of “Obamacare does the same thing” universal health care does NOT do the same thing. It requires everyone to have health care coverage but it does not tell you what you have to do or not do with your body.

Actually I think that the proposed bill by the two Democratic Reps is really funny because it is as absurd as the proposed ban of abortions after 20 weeks.

clyde

February 21st, 2012
12:08 pm

I can’t seem to find any fault with the lady’s bill.Tit for tat.You shoot my dog,I’ll kill your cat.

Sort of reduces politics down to it’s lowest common denominator.

Tasty Bottom

February 21st, 2012
12:11 pm

Those pesky Democrats are probably going after my penis pump next. Can’t say for sure how many pregnancies that puppy has caused already, but let’s say that the enlargement pump WORKS and my tight jeans can hardly contain the proof.

detritusUSA

February 21st, 2012
12:21 pm

Vasectomies for republican males only. Keeps them from producing more ignorant little republicans.

Grits

February 21st, 2012
12:28 pm

There is a major difference in neutering a male and taking the life of a fetus.