The men’s reproductive bills have been proposed to make a point rather than with the idea they might actually pass. Bills introduced after the General Assembly’s self-imposed cutoff to clear one chamber have little chance of becoming law.
State Rep. Dar'shun Kendrick, a Lithonia Democrat, announced plans to file legislation she's calling the "testicular bill of rights."
“You want some regulation of bodies and choice?” she said in a post on Twitter. “Done!”
Kendrick said she asked legislative staff to draft a bill that would require DNA testing once a woman is six weeks and one day pregnant to establish paternity and require the father to begin paying child support.
Kendrick’s proposal would also require men to get permission from their partner before receiving a prescription for erectile dysfunction medicine and wait 24 hours before purchasing pornography or sex toys in Georgia.
Democratic state Rep. Park Cannon of Atlanta was soliciting signatures for a proposal that would require men who are age 55 and older to "immediately report to the county sheriff or local law enforcement agency" when he "releases sperm from his testicles."
Cannon pointed to a 2010 U.S. Centers for Disease Control report that examined men’s reproductive health. In it, doctors argued that improving the sexual reproductive health of men and increasing their involvement in family planning could help improve women’s health.
Children of men with older fathers are more likely to have health issues, doctors say.
"This bill helps men who are well past reproductive age to self report when they willfully engage in conception," she said.