A lawmaker in the Alabama state House of Representatives has introduced legislation this week that would require men to get vasectomies after reaching a certain age or having fathered a certain number of children.
The text from the bill authored by Rep. Rolanda Hollis (D-Birmingham) points out that, unlike for women, there are presently “no restrictions on the reproductive rights of men” in the state.
“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 synopsis of the legislation reads.
The procedure would come at the man’s “own expense” Hollis said, adding that the bill was in direct response to an anti-abortion bill that became law last year.
“The vasectomy bill is to help with he reproductive system, and yes, it is to neutralize the abortion ban bill…it always takes two to tango,” Hollis said, per reporting from AL.com. “We can’t put all the responsibility on women. Men need to be responsible also.”
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Hollis does not consider her the most pro-choice legislator in the statehouse. She describes her beliefs as incorporating both pro-choice and pro-life stances, but says the right to an abortion shouldn’t be eradicated.
“I do not believe that women should use abortion as a birth control, but I do believe that if a women is raped or if it’s incest or anything like that then she has the choice to do what she wants to do,” Hollis said.
The law that was put on the books last year in the state made it nearly impossible for women to get abortions in the state except for rare circumstances. A federal judge blocked implementation of the law in October, pending legal challenges to its constitutionality, the New York Times reported.