A Democratic State legislator in Oklahoma suggested that men should get mandatory vasectomies, in response to another bill banning abortion from the moment of conception.
At a meeting of the Oklahoma state legislature Friday, Democratic Rep. Mickey Dollens suggested that members of the legislature who supported the abortion law, House Bill 4327, should consider another bill he planned to introduce, which would mandate that young men in the state receive a vasectomy once they reach puberty that could only be reversed when they are “deemed financially and emotionally responsible.”
Dollens initially made the suggestion on Twitter Thursday in a thread attacking HB 4327. “One of my fellow legislators plans to introduce a bill, HB 4327, that would define life as the moment of fertilization, making it a homicide to abort even a small cluster of cells,” Dollens wrote. “What if we take it further and mandate that every male has to have a vasectomy until they are deemed financially and emotionally responsible? Or call the use of condoms premeditated murder? Using a personal interpretation of religion to legislate human bodies is wrong and leads us down a dangerous path.”
Dollens brought up the idea again during debate on HB 4327 Friday. “I would invite you to co-author a bill that I’m considering next year that would mandate that each male when they reach puberty get a mandatory vasectomy that’s only reversible when they reach the point of financial and emotional stability,” he told colleagues. “If you think that’s crazy, then I think that maybe you understand how 50 percent of Oklahomans feel as well.”
Dollens also attacked Republicans for not bringing up Democratic priorities. “There are plenty of actual solutions that can make ... (Read more)
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