Vasectomy is mandatory at the age of 50? Alabama Rep. Proposes response to abortion ban
The proposed Alabama Act requires all men to receive a vasectomy after they reach the age of fifty or after the birth of their third child, whichever comes first.
The bill's sponsor, Rep. Rolanda Hollis, said the measure provides a perspective for reproductive health laws, including a ban on disputed abortion in the state.
"It always takes two people to tango," she told AL.com. "We cannot put all responsibility on women. Men must also bear responsibility."
Hollis, a Democrat, added that the proposal aims to "neutralize" the law protecting human life last summer that would have made abortion a class "A" felony, punishable by life imprisonment or 10 to 99 years of imprisonment. A federal judge suspended the ban in October, and the lawsuit is pending.
Alabama's ban on abortion stopped by judge: The law would have made most abortions a felony.
If approved by the Republican-controlled state government, the bill introduced last week would also ask men to pay for the vasectomy. The proposal has drawn criticism from outside the state, including from Senator Ted Cruz from Texas.
"Yikes", Cruz Retweeted Sunday. "A government big enough to give you everything is big enough to take it all ... literally!"
While the ban on abortion was under consideration, Sen. Democrat Vivian Davis Figures proposed adding an amendment to make the vasectomy a felony, but this effort failed.
The United States Supreme Court has ruled that forced vasectomy is unconstitutional, but during the twentieth century, the federal government funded forced vasectomy for people of color, the disabled, and the poor in 32 states, according to PBS.