An Alabama state representative filed a ridiculous bill Thursday to attack pro-lifers’ efforts to save unborn babies by forcing men to get vasectomies.
State Rep. Rolanda Hollis, D-Birmingham, was a vocal opponent of the 2019 Alabama law that protects unborn babies by banning all abortions. The law is not being enforced because of a legal challenge.
On Thursday, Hollis lashed out against pro-life lawmakers’ efforts by filing a bill mandating vasectomies for every Alabama man, Yellowhammer News reports.
“Under existing law, there are no restrictions on the reproductive rights of men,” the summary of her bill, House Bill 238, 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.”
It also would require men to pay for the vasectomy themselves, according to the report.
Pro-abortion Democrats talked about introducing a forced vasectomy bill in 2019 while the legislature was debating the pro-life law, the report states.
“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,” Hollis said, according to The Hill. “We can’t put all the responsibility on women. Men need to be responsible also.”
Her bill is a complete waste of time, and there is no chance of it passing the state legislature.
It also fundamentally misunderstands the purpose of pro-life laws and other efforts. Pro-life advocates’ goal is to protect unborn babies who are unique, living human beings from the moment of conception, not to control women. Quite the opposite, pro-lifers strive to empower women by supporting them through pregnancy and parenting even as they work to restore basic rights to unborn babies. They also work to help fathers who currently have no right to protect their child’s life before birth.