An Alabama state representative from Birmingham filed a bill that would require Alabama men to get a vasectomy once they reach 50 years old or father three children, “whichever comes first.”
The legislation by state Rep. Rolanda Hollis, D-Birmingham, says that a man, “at his own expense," would need to pay for the vasectomy.
It appears the bill is a satirical response to last year’s abortion bill that passed in the Alabama legislature and included a near-total ban on abortion.
In October, a federal judge blocked the abortion bill from going into effect while courts address challenges to the legislation.
“Under existing law, there are no restrictions on the reproductive rights of men,” reads the legislation’s synopsis. “This bill would require a man to undergo a vasectomy within one month of his 50th birthday or the birth of his third biological child, whichever 13 comes first.”
In a similar fashion to Hollis, state Sen. Vivian Davis Figures, D-Mobile, tried to address what she saw as hypocrisy on the abortion ban bill by adding an amendment making it a felony for a man to have a vasectomy. The amendment failed.