Ted Cruz tweet about Rep. Rolanda Hollis' mandatory vasectomy bill

Congresswoman Hits Back At Extreme Abortion Bans With Mandatory Vasectomy Bill

Alabama State Representative Rolanda Hollis is making an effective point about an extreme abortion ban bill that passed in her House last year with another bill about controlling people’s bodies, this time aimed at men. The legislation would require men to get vasectomies once they turned 50 or after they’d had their third child in order to “prevent pregnancy as well as abortion of unwanted children.”

We’re sure she meant “tango,” not “tangle,” although in this case, either one works.

Conservatives are taking the bait like it’s caviar in spite of the fact that the bill is clearly a symbolic one, not a serious affair that anyone in their right mind would expect to pass into law. The point is that people only seem to only freak out about bodily autonomy when it isn’t a woman’s.

“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,” said Rep. Hollis in a statement. “We should view this as the same outrageous overstep in authority.”

Even Ted Cruz fell for it, which makes it about 50 times funnier.

It’s almost as if abortion bans are “big government” at work.

The Alabama abortion ban in question has been widely considered to be the most extreme the country has ever seen, with no exceptions for rape or incest, only allowing for abortions at any stage of pregnancy if the mother’s life is at risk. Doctors who perform abortions otherwise would be charged with a felony.

It’s so bad that even many Republicans are against it. Only 31 percent of people polled about the bill said they approved of it, with the strong majority strongly disapproving. Naturally, it’s being challenged in court and a federal judge has already blocked it from going into effect until it can be struck down as unconstitutional just like every other abortion ban.

Meanwhile, many anti-choice Republicans are missing the point—many of whom voted for bills that require women to get vaginal ultrasounds before they’re allowed to have an abortion:

Oh, now you understand the concept of bodily autonomy.