Let me just go ahead and tell you- this might be a tad bit controversial. I think it's just plain funny, and kind of genius, but that's me. However you feel about birth control and abortion, I have to believe women will find some justice in this.
There is a State Rep in Georgia, Yasmin Neal, who has proposed a law that would ban vasectomies for men using the same guidelines by which most states restrict abortions. The blog entry (link below) that I read this on states the anti-abortion movement as a Republican movement. I believe it to be more of a religious movement. I am a strong Christian with a well grounded faith- but I also have big doubts about a lot of things people do and say in the name of religion. Restricting my rights as a woman is one of those things. I simply believe that the church and the government should not decide my medical choices. I also don't believe abortion should be used as birth control- so there you go.
That being said- why DON'T these movements want to restrict men's roles in birth as well? What's up with that? I don't know how far this will go and if it will even make it to the Georgia floor for open discussion. But Yasmin Neal has guts- and a great sense of humor and justice- as far as I am concerned. Go girl!! I put her speech introducitng the Act below. Click on the link to The Maddow Blog to watch it.
"Thousands of children are deprived of birth in this state every year because of the lack of state regulation over vasectomies. 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. Women, our bodies, and what we do with it are always up for debate.
"This bill has been drafted for all women who have the wherewithal to choose. The day has come where men should feel the same pressure and invasion of privacy that women have faced for years. I have introduced this legislation because it is the purpose of the General Assembly to assert an invasive state interest in the reproductive habits of the men of this state and substitute the will of the government over the will of adult men.
"This bill states that vasectomies can be performed to avert the death of a man or to avert serious risk of substantial or irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function of the man. This bill mimics the abortion bills throughout the nation, and just like the abortion bills interfere with a woman’s right to choose, it’s only fair that the General Assembly debate the men’s right to choose, as well."