In response to last year’s near-total (and temporarily blocked) abortion ban in Alabama, a female 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.”
Alabama Rep. Rolanda Hollis introduced a mandatory vasectomy bill this week, send “the message that men should not be legislating what women do with their bodies.
The bill, Hollis says in a statement she shared with Yahoo Lifestyle, “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 (after having sex).”
Further, she told AL.com, “It always takes two to tango. We can’t put all the responsibility on women. Men need to be responsible (for women) also.”
Hollis responded to some of the outcry by including in her statement: “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 (or killing) rights.
She said just as I would turn to my doctor over my state legislator for advice to 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 (all of a sudden not collective anymore) personal reproductive rights.
Yahoo Lifestyle / ABC Flash Point Feminist News 2020.