On the heels of a controversial “heartbeat bill” that limits abortion access in the state, the Georgia General Assembly swung back into action during Monday’s session with discussion of another reproductive rights bill, this time limiting access to birth control.
The birth control ban, outlined in Provisions 3 through 9 of the state’s newly proposed 2019 Georgia Welfare and Social Services Expansion Health Bill, would effectively eliminate the sale of condoms, patches, sponges and diaphragms in the state, as well as placing penalty on the report or discovery of practices like the rhythm method, pulling out, felching, and the loads-to-the-face and loads-to-the-tits methods. Noting their other applications, one provion states that oral contraceptives will be repurposed, although prescription for the sole purpose of birth control would be strictly prohibited. Yet another provision restricts access to intravenous birth control as well as tubal ligation or vasectomy surgeries.
The bill also outlines and endorses a state recommended “three squirt suggestion”. Upon the recommendation of the State Surgeon General, it is suggested that during intercourse, the man should remain inside the woman for the first three spasms of ejaculation before saying “oops, sorry, my bad,” and retracting to allow the rest of the ejaculate to spill between her buttcheeks and onto the seat of the pickup truck.
An early criticism of the bill — pointing non-specifically but especially to the language used in the “three squirt suggestion” — had several lawmakers take the floor to label the legislation as discriminatory and “anti-gay”. An open-floor discussion on the matter brought the lawmakers to agree that the bill should include language that allows for ejaculating during anal intercourse, but only in cases where it seems reasonable to believe that conception can occur using such a method. State Democrats agreed to hear the bill if those revisions were made, and the bill is expected to be rewritten in committee and presented again Friday, following the Incest Bill vote.
“They thought they were going to slip that anti-gay stuff past us,” said one Georgia Democrat. “But we sure outfoxed ’em.”
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