Mandatory Vasectomy Bill Introduced in Alabama Feb 16, 2020 23:13:53 GMT -5
Post by Graveyardbride on Feb 16, 2020 23:13:53 GMT -5
Mandatory Vasectomy Bill Introduced in Alabama
Rhonda Hollis (above), Democratic legislator from Birmingham, has introduced a bill in Alabama that would require men to have a vasectomy by the time they reach age 50 or after they father a third child. House Bill 238 reads: “Under existing law, there are no restrictions on the reproductive rights of men. 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.”
“I think it’s absurd, first of all,” DeMarcus Furlow remarked. “It’s delusional for somebody to tell somebody they have to have a mandatory vasectomy.”
“I’m not going to do it,” RaVon Dovard added. “I’m not going to be a part of it ‘cause what if I want to have four kids one day and I can’t have kids because I’m 37 and have three kids?”
Even some women question the bill. “We are grown up, Kelle Akana, a mother of four, commented. “We can do what we want to. After we got out of our parents’ house. We should be able to do what we want to.”
Senator Ted Cruz* (R-Texas), who will turn 50 in December, also took aim at the legislation. “Yikes,” he tweeted. “A government big enough to give you everything is big enough to take everything ... literally!”
According to Hollis, she is sending a message. She doesn’t believe the bill will pass but intends to demonstrate her opposition to the abortion ban the legislature passed last year without exemptions. “Many have seen HB238 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,” Hollis read from a prepared 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. 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. Alabama taxpayers have been forced to hand over more than $2.5 million in legal fees to the ACLU to fight unconstitutional attempts to restrict women’s access to reproductive healthcare, and the majority party’s continued attempts to restrict women’s reproductive rights could cost Alabamians even more.”
Sources: Aris Folley, The Hill, February 16, 2020, and WBRC, February 14, 2020.
*Some believe Rafael Cruz, Ted’s father, was the Zodiac Killer. Others contend a photo from the 1960s shows Rafael Cruz consorting with Lee Harvey Oswald.