An Alabama Democrat (of course) has proposed a bill that would force all men to obtain a self-paid vasectomy by the time they turn 50, at the latest.
“Under existing law, there are no restrictions on the reproductive rights of men,” the bill, HB238, falsely reads. “This bill would require a man to undergo a vasectomy within one month of his 50th birthday or the birth of his third biological child, whichever comes first.”
The vasectomy would have to be performed “at his own expense,” it further reads.
Written by fourth-year state Rep. Rolanda Hollis, the non-serious bill was reportedly drafted in response to a law signed last year by Republican Gov. Kay Ivey, a woman, banning all abortions. Apparently, Hollis believes there’s an equivalency between banning the killing of babies and chopping up a man’s vital genital components.
Read her bill below:
“The vasectomy bill is to help with the reproductive system, and yes, it is to neutralize the abortion ban bill … it always takes two to tango,” she said in a statement to The Birmingham News. “We can’t put all the responsibility on women. Men need to be responsible also.”
The problem is that the basis of her legislation — that women lack reproductive rights, whereas men enjoy all the reproductive rights in the world — is false.
In reality, women enjoy a plethora of reproductive rights — including the “right” to perform an abortion without consent from her male partner — while men are simultaneously denied an equal plethora of rights.
“Right now many states have family laws which clearly establish that when a man engages in the sex act with a woman, he is, by virtue of willfully participating in that act, agreeing to an irrevocable, binding legal contract to support the child financially if the woman becomes pregnant,” American Thinker notes.
Conversely, a father in the United States has no say in the killing of his child.
Furthermore, American Thinker notes, in many states, there’s no law “that stipulates that a woman who willfully engages in the sex act with a man thereby enters into a binding contractual agreement to allow the man to visit the child created by the act and have an unlimited opportunity to text or email the child 24/7 throughout the life of the child.”
As a result, child visitation (and custody) cases make up a large chunk of cases in America’s civil courts, and according to the Virginia-based law firm The Firm For Men, U.S. Census Bureau data shows that “nearly half of the fathers” in America who currently lack visitation rights are still “financially support[ing] their children.”
These sorts of points tend to be ignored by radical leftists. In fact, just broaching these points is often enough to get you labeled a “misogynist” or “sexist.’
Radical leftists also tend to discount complaints from conservative Republicans that these days abortion is being used as a form of birth control.
That said, Hollis doesn’t appear to be a full-fledged radical. Speaking with The Birmingham News, she expressed opposition to the left’s growing love affair with abortion.
“I do not believe that women should use abortion as a birth control, but I do believe that if a woman is raped or if it’s incest or anything like that, then she has the choice to do what she wants to do,” she said.
Some Republicans would agree with that stance. An NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist poll conducted last summer found that a 59 percent majority of Republicans support keeping Roe v. Wade intact, though some within this subset also support either reducing some of its restrictions or adding more.
However, there’s also a minority contingent of pro-life conservative Republicans, including Lila Rose, the founder of Live Action, who believe abortion ought to remain illegal under all circumstances, including rape and incest:
Abortion is wrong in cases of rape
Abortion is wrong in cases of incest
Abortion is wrong in cases of prenatal diagnoses
Abortion is wrong when a mother faces health complications
Abortion is wrong because it kills an innocent human
& killing a human will never be “medicine”
— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) February 3, 2020
Ivey’s Human Life Protection Act, which she signed into law on May 15th of last year, contains no exceptions for rape or incest. The law remains inactive at the moment because of a pending legal challenge.
Despite her concerns about abortion being used as birth control, Hollis does nevertheless remain convinced that the decision of whether or not to abort should rest squarely in the hands of women.
“Many have seen HB-238 as an outrageous overstep; yet, year after year the majority party continues to introduce new legislation that tries to dictate a woman’s body and her reproductive rights,” she said in an additional statement.
“We should view this as the same outrageous overstep in authority. The Vasectomy bill is meant to neutralize last year’s abortion ban bill, and sends the message that men should not be legislating what women do with their bodies.”
It’s unclear when Democrats will also start screeching about all the laws that legislate men’s own custody/visitation/child support rights.
“Just as I would turn to my doctor over my state legislator to make recommendations when deciding whether or not to have a surgery, or whether or not to take a certain type of medicine — it is my doctor with whom I — or any of my loved ones – should consult when it comes to making the incredibly difficult decisions related to my personal reproductive rights,” she concluded.
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