Turnabout Is Fair Play: A new law proposed in Alabama would force all men to get vasectomies once they reach age 50, or father three children, “whichever comes first.”
An Alabama lawmaker has introduced a bill requiring men to get a vasectomy when they turn 50. The sponsor says it’s a response to a bill that passed the legislature last year that included a near-total ban on abortion.
Rep. Rolanda Hollis, a Democrat, sponsored House Bill 238, which would create a law requiring men to get the procedure “within a month of their 50th birthday or the birth of his third biological child, whichever comes first.”
In response to last year’s near-total (and temporarily blocked) abortion ban in Alabama, a state legislator has introduced a bill that would require a man to undergo a vasectomy, at his own expense, “within one month of his 50th birthday or the birth of his third biological child, whichever comes first.”
The synopsis for Alabama 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.
Discussing the proposed legislation, Rep. Hollis gave the following statement about the bill’s meaning:
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. We should view this as the same outrageous overstep in authority.
The Vasectomy bill is meant to 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.
Speaking with AL.com, Rep. Hollis said:
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.
We can’t put all the responsibility on women. Men need to be responsible also.
Bottom line: In response to last year’s near-total abortion ban in Alabama, Rep. Rolanda Hollis has proposed legislation that would require men in the state to get a vasectomy once they reach 50 years old or father three children, “whichever comes first.”