We’ve all heard the old saying, “What is good for the goose is good for the gander,” and a Texas lawmaker is using this kind of thinking with new legislation that she has proposed. Representative, Jessica Farrar, has proposed new legislation that would fine men who masturbate at a rate of $100 per pop. The legislation also adds that there should be a “cooling off period” of 24-hours prior to being able to purchase the little blue pill, Viagra, reports CNN.
Farrar says that she has no doubt that HB 4260 will make its way through the state’s male-dominated Republican legislature. The Texas Democrat says that HB 4260 was penned to highlight the major inequalities evident in how men and women are treated differently, both in medical and reproductive health care legislation. She adds that the legislation “mimics” the way legislators, who have absolutely no knowledge about normal medical practices think that they can properly govern women’s health in Texas.
Farrar’s proposal was introduced on Friday. The legislation states that if a woman must wait 24 hours to have an abortion, then men should have to wait 24 hours to purchase erectile dysfunction drugs or have a vasectomy, reports Click 2 Houston.
The proposal also states that if a woman must have a vaginal ultrasound before she can have an abortion, then men should be required to have an “equally unnecessary” examination of their rectum prior to being allowed to undergo a vasectomy or colonoscopy.
Under the newly proposed legislation, any doctors, who have moral, personal, or religious issues that prevent them from morally performing vasectomies or writing prescriptions for erectile dysfunction medication can opt out without any repercussions.
The Texas representative says that if lawmakers are truly concerned about the sanctity of life, they need to take steps to protect sperm, as sperm is used to create life, reports NBC News. Farrar wants to see a “Hospital Masturbatory Assistance Registry” where semen will be stored for a man to use for the purpose of conception with his wife.
The Texas bill reads that any semen emissions that are done outside of a vagina or are created outside of a doctor’s office or medical facility will be fined $100 in civil penalties for every emission and it will legally be considered an act that goes against an unborn baby. It would also be seen as a failure to preserve the sanctity of life.
Farrar’s stand comes as a response to an attempt by Texas lawmakers to restrict a woman’s ability to get an abortion. In 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a bill that required doctors who perform abortions to have the ability to admit a patient into a hospital not far from their office.
By Tammy Marie Rose
Photo Courtesy Texas State Senate