Alabama lawmaker responds to abortion ban with mandatory vasectomy bill: 'It always takes two to tango'

Beth GreenfieldSenior Editor
Yahoo Lifestyle
Alabama Rep. Rolanda Hollis introduced a mandatory vasectomy bill this week, send "the message that men should not be legislating what women do with their bodies." (Photo: Facebook/Rolanda Hollis)
Alabama Rep. Rolanda Hollis introduced a mandatory vasectomy bill this week, send "the message that men should not be legislating what women do with their bodies." (Photo: Facebook/Rolanda Hollis)

In response to last year’s near-total (and temporarily blocked) abortion ban in Alabama, a state legislator has introduced a bill that would require a man to undergo a vasectomy, at his own expense, “within one month of his 50th birthday or the birth of his third biological child, whichever comes first.”

House Bill 238, introduced on Thursday by Rep. Rolanda Hollis (D) notes, “Under existing law, there are no restrictions on the reproductive rights of men.”

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The bill, Hollis says in a statement she shared with Yahoo Lifestyle, “is meant to neutralize last year’s abortion ban bill, and sends the message that men should not be legislating what women do with their bodies.” Further, she told AL.com, “It always takes two to tango. We can’t put all the responsibility on women. Men need to be responsible also.”

The online backlash was swift, of course, with critics calling it “wrong,” “sick,” and “Communism,” although plenty of supporters got her point, and celebrated it, saying, “Ha! Stay out of my uterus!” and “Wahoo!”

Hollis responded to some of the outcry by including in her statement: “Many have seen HB238 as an outrageous overstep; yet, year after year the majority party continues to introduce new legislation that tries to dictate a woman’s body and her reproductive rights. We should view this as the same outrageous overstep in authority.”

Abortion rights activists rallied in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, in May 2019 after the state of Alabama passed the country's most restrictive abortion ban. (Photo: ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)
Abortion rights activists rallied in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, in May 2019 after the state of Alabama passed the country's most restrictive abortion ban. (Photo: ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

She added, “Just as I would turn to my doctor over my state legislator to make recommendations when deciding whether or not to have a surgery, or whether or not to take a certain type of medicine, it is my doctor with whom I — or any of my loved ones — should consult when it comes to making the incredibly difficult decisions related to my personal reproductive rights.”

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