Female politicians are proposing laws nationwide that would regulate men’s reproductive choices the way we currently seek to regulate women’s. While these bills are often described as satirical, reports Rebecca Grant, they are seriously intended to “show how ridiculous and repressive our country’s abortion laws have become.”
“If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament,” was popularized by Gloria Steinem, who heard it from an “old Irish woman taxi driver” in 1971, says Grant.
The most recent lawmaker to point out the glaring inconsistencies in the GOP’s legislative priorities is Texas Rep. Jessica Farrar, who filed House Bill 4260, titled “A Man’s Right To Know,” which would create a penalty for “unregulated masturbatory emissions.”
Mimicking “A Woman’s Right To Know,” the notorious booklet that is required reading in Texas clinics at least 24 hours before an abortion procedure, Farrar highlights the “glaring inequities” in how overwhelmingly male and overwhelmingly Republican politicians handle reproductive health care for women and men, notes Grant.
“The bill is funny,” Grant points out, but why? “All of the provisions in HB 4260 mirror provisions that currently burden women in Texas, and yet they seem preposterous when applied to men.”