A Texas bill that would ban men from masturbating without permission has moved one step closer to becoming a law.
The Anti-Masturbation Bill
House Bill 4260, also known as the Man’s Right to Know Act, would forbid men from masturbating to completion unless performed at a medical facility where the semen can be stored for later use in fertilization.
Men who ejaculate anywhere besides a medical facility or a vagina would be fined $100 per emission, “and will be considered an act against an unborn child, and failing to preserve the sanctity of life.” The money collected would be donated to help children under the care of the Department of Family Protective Services.
The bill also requires men to have a digital rectal sonogram and a 24-hour waiting period before they can get a colonoscopy, a vasectomy or receive a prescription for erectile dysfunction medication.
Under this bill, doctors will also have a right to refuse to prescribe Viagra on religious grounds.
House Bill 4260 received its first reading in Texas’s House of Representatives, the Independent reports.
Are They Serious?
Short answer: no, not really.
Long answer: the bill, proposed by state representative Jessica Farrar, is a take on similar “pro-life” laws that limit the reproductive choices of women.
The language is very similar to anti-abortion, anti-birth control bills proposed by religious conservatives, throwing around phrases like “sanctity of life” and “an act against an unborn child” in order to justify denying women healthcare.
And some of the provisions directly parallel strict “pro-life” laws. For instance, the requirement that men undergo a rectal exam and a waiting period to get Viagra is similar to legislation that requires women to undergo a sonogram — sometimes involving the insertion of a vaginal probe — and a 72-hour waiting period before an abortion.
Farrar does not expect the bill to become a law, the Independent notes. But the debate highlights the madness of pro-life legislation, and it just might make anti-abortion men consider what it’s like on the other side of the fence.
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