Ga. Democrat Introduces Bill to Ban Vasectomies
Yasmin Neal pushes tongue-in-cheek rule to parody anti-abortion legislation
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 22, 2012 1:14 PM CST
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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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beckjr2000
Feb 24, 2012 1:09 PM CST
I'm sure that this will get all the serious attention it deserves. What's next on the agenda?
kcsx
Feb 23, 2012 3:55 PM CST
Did you even read the article? Cause if you did you would have seen the "tongue-in-cheek" part and the part where it says "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,"" Idiot.
Person12345
Feb 23, 2012 10:48 AM CST
Instead of banning vasectomies, the bill should be DEMANDING them for some people. This woman is what's wrong with government today, they do nothing but crap like this bill instead of the real work of passing laws that actually benefit people.