A Texas State Representative has proposed a $100 fine for men for masturbation, as well as requiring rectal exams before receiving a prescription for Viagra or a vasectomy in a satirical condemnation of state abortion law.
Meant to highlight the state’s restrictive requirements on women for abortions, Democratic Rep. Jessica Farrar calls her new proposal “satirical,” saying that her counter-proposal sheds light on the difficulties Texas women face receiving health care.
Rep. Farrar’s bill requires a number of invasion and embarrassing procedures and restrictions, including a $100 fine for “emissions outside a woman’s vagina” which “will be considered an act against an unborn child, and failing to preserve the sanctity of life,” according to The Huffington Post.
— Jessica Farrar (@JFarrarDist148) March 11, 2017
The title of her proposal, “A Man’s Right to Know,” is a parody of the booklet “A Woman’s Right to Know,” which is required reading imposed by the state of Texas as part of the process as outlined by recent abortion law.
In a phone interview, Farrar told the Houston Chronicle that she had devised the bill after becoming fed up with the influx of health care bills obstructing women from receiving proper reproductive care:
“A lot of people find the bill funny. What’s not funny are the obstacles that Texas women face every day, that were placed there by legislatures making it very difficult for them to access healthcare.”
Under the new law, men would face a penalty fine for masturbation as a “an act against an unborn child, and failing to preserve the sanctity of life.” Efforts to prevent such an act would include a registry of non-profit organizations and medical facilities that provide: “fully-abstinent encouragement counseling, supervising physicians for masturbatory emissions, and storage for the semen.”
Farrar’s HB 4260 also requires a 24-hour waiting period on Viagra prescription and vasectomies, along with a rectal exam. Farrar says this requirement mocks the “medically unnecessary” trans-vaginal ultrasound required by Texas law to receive and abortion, telling the Houston Chronicle:
“It’s to show how invasive this medically unnecessary procedure is. When a woman has to have a trans-vaginal ultrasound, it has nothing to do with her health care. One of the state’s objectives is to guilt her into changing her mind.”
Farrar is perfectly aware that her satirical bill is unlikely to pass, telling The Texas Tribune that her intention is simply to turn the conversation to health care priorities and the humiliating requirements of the state’s abortion law. Farrar told the Tribune:
“What I would like to see is this make people stop and think. Maybe my colleagues aren’t capable of that, but the people who voted for them, or the people that didn’t vote at all, I hope that it changes their mind and helps them to decide what the priorities are.”
Speaking with the BBC, Rep. Farrar referred to a Texas law that states that the life of an unborn child override a do not resuscitate (DNR) order for a pregnant woman.
“We are dealing with more measures being proposed which would treat the woman as an incubator.”
Farrar shared her intentions behind the bill on Facebook:
Although HB 4260 is satirical, there is nothing funny about current health care restrictions for women and the very real legislation that is proposed every legislative session. Women are not laughing at state-imposed regulations and obstacles that interfere with their ability to legally access safe healthcare, and subject them to fake science and medically unnecessary procedures. Texans deserve to be treated with the same amount of respect when making healthcare decisions, regardless of their gender.
Featured image via Jessica Farrar Twitter @JFarrarDist148