In an attempt to put equal responsibility on both men, and women this bill also proposes that men pay for the procedure from their own pockets.
Amid all the abortion bill controversies, Alabama has proposed a bill, but for men. It proposes that men go through a vasectomy either a month within they turn 50 or when they have had three children, whichever comes first, according to ABC 3340. HB-238 was authored by Representative Rolanda Hollis (D-Birmingham). The bill not only proposes that all men over 50 get a vasectomy done, but they will have to pay for the procedure out of their own pockets. Under existing law, there are no restrictions on the reproductive rights of men, the bill’s synopsis reads. 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.
The bill was introduced in the legislation on Thursday as a response to the anti-abortion bill passed by the state legislature last year that ensured a near-total ban on abortion. It also states: This act shall become effective on the 2 first day of the third month following its passage and 3 approval by the Governor, or it's otherwise becoming law. “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 told Al.com.
"This bill would require a man to undergo a vasectomy within one month of his 50th birthday" Me: Ballz no Ballz— JoeFaz™® VetsResistSquadron (@joefaz) February 14, 2020
AL lawmaker proposes law forcing men to get a vasectomy at 50 in response to anti-abortion laws https://t.co/tgKJM4OroS
“We can’t put all the responsibility on women. Men need to be responsible also.” The fact that men have to pay for the procedure themselves is also quite similar to the way women in Alabama take care of their own bills when it comes to their reproductive health care needs. The abortion law that was passed last year makes it quite difficult for a woman to get the procedure done in almost all instances.
The state of Alabama has actually introduced legislation that would require a man, at his own expense, to undergo a vasectomy within 30 days of his 50th birthday or the birth of his third biological child. When is government going to learn to mind their own business? #HB238— Julie (@julie_in_cali) February 14, 2020
Also, if a doctor does agree to help a woman get an abortion, they could face felony charges and a sentence of up to 99 years in prison. Thankfully, the bill was blocked from coming into effect in November by U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson, because he found it to be quite unconventional. It is understood that the Alabama Attorney General's office did not appeal to the temporary injunction.
One user took to Twitter to share: 50 is too late, how about those prime years of 15-40. Include a couple of extra doctor visits before a reversal, limit the number of providers to 1 per state. Men have had a say in women’s reproductive rights for far too long. It’s time for men to experience what women go through. Another user named Irena M added: Fantastic idea. It should go national. But only for the beginning. Later men's age should be lowered down to, let's say, 30. Abortions would disappear from the surface of the USA! Believe me.
Let me get this straight. A mandatory vasectomy for all men 50 and older but no laws restricting semi automatic rifles. That’s ironic. That’s Alabama.— Dr. Gary Hughes (@DrGaryHughes) February 14, 2020