Alabama lawmaker Rollanda Hollis (D-AL) proposed a law in the state legislature earlier this month that would require all men to celebrate their 50th birthday with a mandatory vasectomy — and pay for it themselves.
“Under existing law, there are no restrictions on the reproductive rights of men,” says Hollis in the text of the bill. “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.”
Ted Cruz, the 49-year old Texas senator, responded to the proposal requiring 50th birthday vasectomies with strong opposition, and a reminder about the threat of big government.
“Yikes. A government big enough to give you everything is big enough to take everything…literally! Alabama Democrat proposes bill mandating all men have vasectomy at age 50 or after third child,” tweeted Cruz on Sunday.
Yikes. A government big enough to give you everything is big enough to take everything…literally! Alabama Democrat proposes bill mandating all men have vasectomy at age 50 or after third child. https://t.co/PeaNUg1Joc
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 16, 2020
According to AL, Hollis said that the bill was a response to the Human Life Protection Act, which was passed last year and prohibits abortions after the baby’s heartbeat begins to form at around six week: “We can’t put all the responsibility on women. Men need to be responsible also.”
The news agency also reported that Hollis believes she is both “pro-life and pro-choice,” and that Hollis said she does “not believe that women should use abortion as a birth control, but I do believe that if a women is raped or if it’s incest or anything like that, then she has the choice to do what she wants to do.”
While Hollis doesn’t expect the bill to pass, if the bill were to become law, men could expect to pay anywhere between $300 and $3,000 for the procedure.
According to The New York Times, as of last October, the Human Life Protection Act has been barred from going into effect by federal courts, prompting local lawmakers to decry the intervention as simply another instance of judicial activism.The bill would shield women who receive abortions from criminal liability, but would give prosecutors the authority to pursue up to 99 years in prison for anyone who performs an abortion.
“This legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God,” said Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, who signed the bill into law.
However, Steve Marshall, the state attorney general, has claimed that the primary intent of the proposal was not to go into effect immediately, but to trigger a challenge to a Supreme Court case that has enshrined abortion as a constitutional right for decades.
“As we have stated before, the state’s objective is to advance our case to the U.S. Supreme Court,” said Marshall in a statement last October, who says the effort is designed to prove that Planned Parenthood v. Casey was “wrongly decided and that the Constitution does not prohibit states from protecting unborn children from abortion.”