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New Law Would Fine Men For Masturbating To Prove Powerful Point About Abortion

A new law would fine men $100 for masturbating.

It was proposed by Texas representative Jessica Farrar in her “Man's Right to Know Act.”

The bill would additionally require men to read a booklet about the pros and cons of taking Viagra or getting a vasectomy or colonoscopy.

The law would also allow doctors to provide their “personal, moralistic or religious beliefs” in order to prevent patients from getting those services.

Farrar said when a man masturbates to completion without creating a pregnancy, “then it's a waste… because that semen can be used — and is to be used — for creating more human life.”

She added,

Men have to answer for their actions and so forth.

So if there's going to be an emission, it would have to be done in a hospital where the semen could be preserved for future pregnancies or it would be directly deposited into the vagina of a woman.

Sounds crazy, right?

Well, yeah.

But there's a reason for that.

Laws, especially in Texas, regularly treat women like this.

Providers — doctors and pharmacists — use “personal, moralistic, or religious beliefs” to not prescribe birth control to women and to not provide other medical services like permanent sterilization and abortion.

When it comes to abortion, women in many states are forced to jump through a series of hoops.

Some states require women to be read medically incorrect information before receiving an abortion. Others require women to wait a certain period of time to make sure they're sure about getting an abortion.

Farrar is particular annoyed about a 24-hour waiting period and a law requiring women listen to a fetal heartbeat before getting an abortion. She said a law like that “messes with women's heads.”

Laws around abortion tend to be more moralistic than they are about health and safety, as the Supreme Court determined last year with a Texas law.

a gif showing how few abortion clinics there would be should hb-2 go into effect in texas

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Overall, she hopes lawmakers see this proposal as a sign of how restrictive their laws are when seen in a different context.

Farrar said,

What I would like to see is this make people stop and think.

Maybe my colleagues aren't capable of that, but the people who voted for them, or the people that didn't vote at all, I hope that it changes their mind and helps them to decide what the priorities are.

It's definitely an eye-opening bill, to say the least.

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Citations: This Bill Would Fine Men $100 For Masturbating (Refinery29)

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Alexandra is the Senior News Editor at Elite Daily. She previously worked at HuffPost and has been published in Vox, Glamour, Refinery 29, Mic, Cosmopolitan and Quartz. Find her on Twitter / FB @asvokos and at tinyletter.com/asvokos
Alexandra is the Senior News Editor at Elite Daily. She previously worked at HuffPost and has been published in Vox, Glamour, Refinery 29, Mic, Cosmopolitan and Quartz. Find her on Twitter / FB @asvokos and at tinyletter.com/asvokos

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