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‘Testicular Bill of Rights’ would restrict men’s access to Viagra and adult films

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In a direct rebuke to laws designed to take away a woman’s right to control her own body, Democratic Georgia state Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick has proposed new “Testicular Bill of Rights” legislation that would, among other things, require men to get permission from their sexual partners before obtaining erectile dysfunction medication and institute a 24-hour “waiting period” for men who want to buy porn or sex toys.

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“So why did I post about drafting my ‘testicular bill of rights’? It’s simple. To show the absurdity when a woman tries to regulate a man’s body like HB 481 and other anti-choice bills are doing in regulating women’s bodies.”
—Georgia state Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick

The proposal comes in response to HB 481, a so-called “heartbeat bill” passed by Republicans in the Georgia House last week that would effectively ban abortion in the state. Specifically, it would outlaw the procedure after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is usually around six weeks—before most people know they are pregnant.

In a tweet on Monday, Kendrick shared an email she wrote to her staff that outlines key elements of the legislation, which would also make men having sex without a condom an “aggravated assault” crime and force men to immediately start paying child support to their partners after six weeks and one day of pregnancy.

“I’m dead serious,” Kendrick told Rolling Stone as her tweet went viral. While the lawmaker said she expects to have the legislation finalized by the end of the week, the deadline for submitting bills for this calendar year already has passed—and, as Kendrick acknowledged, “it doesn’t have a chance of passing any year.”

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“So why did I post about drafting my ‘testicular bill of rights’? It’s simple,'” Kendrick wrote in an op-ed published Tuesday by Newsweek. “To show the absurdity when a woman tries to regulate a man’s body like HB 481 and other anti-choice bills are doing in regulating women’s bodies.”

Her message resonated with Georgia voters and reproductive rights advocates who celebrated her proposal as “incredible.”

Currently, Georgia law allows abortions up to 20 weeks. HB 481, which Kendrick calls the “Women’s Womb Takeover” bill, passed the Georgia House 93-73. If it is approved by the Senate before the legislative session ends in April, as is expected, it will head to the desk of Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, who has vowed to sign it.

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“It’s unconstitutional on purpose: this is a test case. It is a case to test Roe v. Wade.”
—Kendrick

Kendrick, in her interview with Rolling Stone, emphasized that Georgia’s heartbeat bill is part of a nationwide ploy by anti-choice Republican state lawmakers to force the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider its landmark 1973 ruling that protects a woman’s right to have an abortion up to the point of fetal viability.

“It’s unconstitutional on purpose: this is a test case. It is a case to test Roe v. Wade,” she said. “They’re hoping that it gets up to the Court of Appeals—the Eleventh Circuit is one of the most conservative court circuits that we have, and they’re hopeful that they will uphold part of it, and then they’ll take it all the way to the Supreme Court.”

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The Democrat also posited that the anti-choice bill “is indicative of the people in power being scared that the tides are turning and we are going blue.”

“As with most things, they are trying to rush it through because they know that it’s on the horizon,” Kendrick said, noting that several Georgia legislative seats have already flipped. “But if I am still here when Democrats take over, [the heartbeat bill] will be the first bill that I overturn if it’s not overturned already.”

In the meantime, reproductive rights advocates continue to protest against the heartbeat bill:

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Millions around the world joined #ClimateStrike — demanding bold climate action

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Masses of children skipped school Friday to join a global strike against climate change that teen activist Greta Thunberg said was "only the beginning" in the fight against environmental disaster.

Some four million people filled city streets around the world, organizers said, in what was billed as the biggest ever protest against the threat posed to the planet by rising temperatures.

Youngsters and adults alike chanted slogans and waved placards in demonstrations that started in Asia and the Pacific, spread across Africa, Europe and Latin America, before culminating in the United States where Thunberg rallied.

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Trump announces new sanctions on Iran — and deploys US troops to the Middle East

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The United States announced Friday that it was sending military reinforcements to the Gulf region following attacks on Saudi oil facilities that it attributes to Iran, just hours after President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions on Tehran.

Trump said the sanctions were the toughest-ever against another country, but indicated he did not plan a military strike, calling restraint a sign of strength.

The Treasury Department renewed action against Iran's central bank after US officials said Tehran carried out weekend attacks on rival Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure, which triggered a spike in global crude prices.

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‘Do a lot of stupid sh*t as quickly as possible’: Ambassador Power breaks down ’The Trump Doctrine’

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The former ambassador to the United Nations explained "The Trump Doctrine" during a Friday evening interview with comedian Bill Maher on HBO's "Real Time."

Samantha Power, the author of the new book, The Education of an Idealist, was asked by Maher about the foreign policy mantra of the Obama administration.

"Obama's foreign policy doctrine was famously summarized as 'don't do stupid sh*t," Maher noted. "Trump's, of course, is 'Do stupid sh*t.'"

"Do stupid sh*t as quickly as possible," Power clarified.

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