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.”
Vasectomy Bill HB 238— Rep. Rolanda Hollis (@RepHollis) February 14, 2020
The Vasectomy bill is to help with the reproductive system. This is to neutralize the abortion ban bill.
The responsibility is not always on the women. It takes 2 to tangle. This will help prevent pregnancy as well as abortion of unwanted children. This
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.
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
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.
We are not a communist country! After 3 kids? Really? What if they want 10? This is America you know, where people are free to make choices! Why don’t y’all spend time figuring out how to reduce homelessness or something else? I’m appalled that anyone responded this was ok!
— JustGottaSayIt (@hvmindofmyown) February 14, 2020
so let me get this straight. You want to take away my rights to have children at any age or as God chooses to give them to me, and to force a procedure on me that violates my rights and have me pay for it? Good luck with that in the federal courts.
— E L (@2Countries1God) February 14, 2020
His body. His choice. The government has absolutely no say in this whatsoever. It’s not like we’re talking about ENDING a life, we are talking about CREATING life. Democrats certainly have no respect for life, unless it’s an illegal alien or a convict on death row.
— Kimberly 🙏🏻🇺🇲💜🏈 (@ColtsGal72) February 14, 2020
Amazing these days how elected legislators cannot even see the blatant unconstitutionality of their proposed legislation.
— McGruff, Crime Dawg (@Gtyndall) February 14, 2020
@rephollis So, when I turn 50 [no children to date], I have no right to keep my body the way it is & will be forced to pay out of pocket to get it done? Even with a medical condition which surgery could complicate? If this bill passes?
— Jon Cox, II (@DrakkenWolfgang) February 15, 2020
Oh, now you understand the concept of bodily autonomy.