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In this birth control debate bonanza, our uteri are front and center. Meanwhile, the male species -- from teenagers to octogenarians and their millions of sperm -- are exempt from bearing the brunt of our nation’s (non) population. Men’s little blue pills are unquestionably covered by insurance, but our Pill is under no legal, moral or health-related obligation. Georgia State Rep. Yasmin Neal had the stones to ask: “Why are you under the skirts of women? Aren’t there other places to be?”
According to CNN, the Georgia Democrat proposed an awesome rider to an anti-abortion bill, using the same legal lingo to consider limitations on vasectomies. Neal isn’t the first pro-choice lawmaker to propose genital equality. Oklahoma State senator Constance Johnson proposed, but withdrew, a provision to an anti-abortion bill stipulating that any time a man ejaculates anywhere else but a vagina it is an action against an unborn child. In January, Virginia State Senator Janet Howell attached an amendment to their anti-choice bill requiring men to undergo rectal exams and cardiac stress tests before receiving prescriptions for erectile dysfunction, which was narrowly rejected (21-19).
Not only do these three lady legislators share my stance on women’s reproductive rights, they also feel compelled to point out the sexist hypocrisy going on around our bodies. You’d think with all the sex scandals male politicians are involved with they’d be trying to stay away from vaginas. As Neal says sensibly: “It’s not my place as a woman to tell a man what to do with his body." Funny enough, Neal’s Republican colleague, Georgia State Rep. Doug McKillip, a man, accuses her of “making light” of such a serious subject. As usual, men just don’t get it.