MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WDHN) — An Alabama state representative is proposing a sterilization measure for men close to being 50 years old.
Rep. Rolanda Hollis, D-District 58, sponsored the bill, titled HB238, seeing as there were no reproduction restrictions for men.
“A man, at his own expense, shall undergo a vasectomy within one month of his 50th birthday or the birth of his third biological child, whichever comes first,” the bill states.
Hollis said the bill is a response to Alabama Republicans pushing “new legislation to dictate a woman’s body and her reproductive rights” — saying that if the vasectomy bill seems extreme, then the other laws should be as well.
“The Vasectomy bill is meant to neutralize last year’s abortion ban bill, and sends the message that men should not be legislating what women do with their bodies,” she wrote.
“Just as I would turn to my doctor over my state legislator to make recommendations when deciding whether or not to have a surgery, or whether or not to take a certain type of medicine — it is my doctor with whom I — or any of my loved one — should consult when it comes to making the incredibly difficult decisions related to my personal reproductive rights.”
She also said the fight to keep such laws, which she called unconstitutional, is costing Alabama taxpayers more than $2.5 million in legal fees to the ACLU and will cost them more if the attempts continue.