An Alabama state representative has proposed a bill that would require a man to undergo a vasectomy at age 50 or after he has fathered a specific number of children.
HB 238, filed by Rep. Rolanda Hollis (D-Birmingham), would require a man to undergo a vasectomy after the birth of his third biological child or within one month of his 50th birthday. The bill also says the procedure would be done at the man’s own expense.
“Under existing law, there are no restrictions on the reproductive rights of men,” the bill states.
The bill was introduced to the House on Thursday and referred to the House judiciary committee.
Hollis said the bill is a response to last year’s abortion bill that passed the legislature and included a near-total ban on abortion.
“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,” she said. “We can’t put all the responsibility on women. Men need to be responsible also.”
Hollis explained that she is “both” pro-life and pro-choice.
“I do 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.”
In October, a federal judge blocked the abortion bill from going into effect while courts address challenges to the legislation. The bill would only make abortion legal if the life of the mother is in danger.
“Under existing law, there are no restrictions on the reproductive rights of men,” reads the legislation’s synopsis. “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 13 comes first.”
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