‘Pro-life’ hypocrisy: This lawmaker wants Georgia to pay for unwanted pregnancies

Dar’shun Kendrick, a Black lawmaker in the Georgia statehouse, is calling out her state out on what she calls its “pro-life” hypocrisy.

Kendrick recently filed a bill dubbed the Georgia Pro-Birth Accountability Act, essentially making the state financially responsible for all pregnancies in which abortion care was desired, but unattainable because of Georgia’s six-week ban. Pregnant people would be compensated by the state for the full spectrum of medical care during and after pregnancy.

The state would also be on the hook for burial expenses, should a pregnant person die in childbirth, as well as any disability that results from the pregnancy. As for expenses postpartum, the state would be expected to pay for the child’s expenses through the age of 18, including funds to be set aside for college.

Is this bill mostly symbolic? Yes. Is it worthy, searing social commentary? Also yes.

“If we want to say we are a pro-life state, then we need to put our money where our mouth is, that means childcare, that means the mother’s expenses. That means helping raise the child from birth to age 18 and not just caring about the nine months that they’re in the womb,” Kendrick told Capitol Beat News Service. “We’ll see where the priorities lie, because if we do have a surplus, if we continue to have one, there’s no reason that we can’t fund this.”

It’s not the first time Rep. Kendrick has put forth legislation that speaks truth to power. In 2019, after Georgia’s initial attempt to ban abortion at six weeks gestation, Rep. Kendrick, along with a group of Black female Democratic lawmakers, introduced a bill to amend the state code to require men 55 and older to “immediately report to the county sheriff or local law enforcement agency when such male releases sperm from his testicles.”

The bill, of course, didn’t gain traction, but it did certainly start a conversation.

Becca Andrews

Becca Andrews | bandrews@reckonmedia.com

Becca Andrews is a reporter at Reckon News and the author of "No Choice: The Destruction of Roe v. Wade and the Fight to Protect a Fundamental American Right."

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