Lubbock lawmakers oppose satirical anti-abortion bill

Lubbock lawmakers oppose satirical anti-abortion bill

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

A last-minute house bill aims to stir up the gender equality healthcare debate.

House Bill 4260 uses similar language from anti-abortion laws and uses satire to turn it on men.

Houston Representative Jessica Farrar says her satirical bill has a clear cut purpose: to make people think.

It's dubbed the "Man's Right to Know Act" and requires men to wait 24 hours after an initial doctor's consultation before they can choose to receive a vasectomy, colonoscopy, or a Viagra prescription.

The tongue-in-cheek proposal mirrors the 2011 law that requires women to wait that same 24 hours before an abortion, and a 2003 law requiring doctors to give women an informational booklet titled "A Woman's Right to Know."

That pamphlet spells out abortion risks and is derided by critics as "medically inaccurate."

In the bill, Farrar states the distribution of said material to men exactly follows the rules and procedures of the booklet given to women, along with artistic illustrations of each procedure.

"Men need to be a part of this equation too so let's examine if they have to undergo these invasive procedure, medically unnecessary procedure and just kind of see what's it's like," Farrar said.

Lubbock lawmakers criticize the bill.

Senator Charles Perry, an outspoken anti-abortionist said it's "Not a serious bill" and there's "no time to devote to a bill that attempts to undermine the seriousness of a Pro-Life initiative."

His bill, SB 415 seeks to ban a common procedure used to perform second-trimester abortions.

Representative Dustin Burrows highlighted the gravity of the Texas House and said "Abortion is not a matter to be joked about in any shape or form. Representative Farrar's bill is a disservice to taxpayers who expect the legislature to deal with issues in a serious and thoughtful manner."

Another part of the bill aims to regulate men's masturbation. It would ban "unregulated masturbatory emissions," saying all ejaculations outside of a woman's vagina or medical facility would be charged $100 and be considered an act against an unborn child.

Farrar said she doesn't really expect the bill to pass. During this new administration, she just wants to bring attention to the obstacles women go through to receive health care in Texas.

Texas Democratic Women of the South Plains also released a statement saying:

"We continue to be extremely concerned about the lack of women's healthcare services in Lubbock and across the state of Texas. The bill is intentionally satirical, meant to mirror and draw attention to the ludicrous legislation that currently controls womens' access to certain healthcare services. This proposed bill also draws attention to the level of misogyny that exists in government, when men seek to make decisions for women yet dismiss outright any legislation designed to do the same for men."

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