(FamilyRetirementClub.com) – If Alabama Democrat Rolanda Hollis had her way, her state would look a lot like China. There would be a limit to the number of babies a man could birth, and you wouldn’t be able to have a biological child once you reached 50 years old.
But she’d take it a step further. Instead of just outlawing the above, she’d make sure men couldn’t reproduce medically — by requiring them to have a vasectomy.
“Yikes,” Ted Cruz, the Republican senator from Texas, tweeted on Sunday in response to the measure.
Hollis, a state representative from Alabama, proposed her bill, HB 238, last week. It calls for every man in the state to undergo a vasectomy within 30 days of either the birth or the third biological child or their 50th birthday. If that wasn’t enough, the bill will require these men to get the vasectomies done at their “own expense.”
“A government big enough to give you everything is big enough to take everything … literally!” Cruz’s tweet continued.
Hollis has described her proposed bill as a piece of legislation that would “help with the reproductive system.” But what it really would do is “neutralize the abortion ban bill. It always takes two to tango,” she said.
“We can’t put all the responsibility on women. Men need to be responsible also. I do not believe that women should use abortion as a birth control, but I do believe that if a woman is raped or if it’s incest or anything like that, then she has the choice to do what she wants to do.”
And therein lies the real rub of her proposed bill: It’s a jab at the state’s abortion bill which is currently tangled up in legal challenges.
Alabama only allows abortions in times when the mother’s life is at risk. Last October, a federal judge blocked that bill, though, and the legislation is making its way through the court system with legal challenges.
Hollis’ proposed bill lays out specifically how upset she is with the state’s abortion bill and how she plans to get even:
“Under existing law, there are no restrictions on the reproductive rights of men. 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.”
Oddly, though, this bill would have an effect on women, too. If a woman wanted to have four or more children with her family unit, for example, she’d either have to be unfaithful to her husband or break the law.
It’s tough to tell whether Hollis and Alabama Democrats are serious about the crux of this bill, or if they’re simply trying to attack back at the Republicans in the state who paved the way for the abortion ban. Either way, it wouldn’t look good for Hollis and her party.
Either Alabama Democrats don’t believe that residents of their state should have big families, or they decided that doing a tit for tat and acting like children was the best way to lead.