Jessica Farrar, a politician from Texas, is taking an unprecedented swipe against what she sees as restrictive abortion laws. She has targeted men – more precisely male masturbation.
The aim of her draft law is to protect unborn children everywhere. The bill says that it wants all “emissions outside of a woman’s vagina, or created outside of a health or medical facility” to have a $100 fine.
“It would be considered an act against an unborn child” if a man made such an emission.
A Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, Jessica Farrar submitted House Bill Number 4260 last week.
Although she knows the draft would never become a law, she argues the bill is no more extreme than the restrictions imposed on women by the state of Texas regarding the choice of abortion.
She saw a string of proposed bills as chipping away at women’s right. The latest among those bills wanted to force women to decide whether they want to bury or cremate the embryonic remains of abortion or a miscarriage.
State Senator Don Huffines said during the hearing for that bill in August:
“For far too long, Texas has allowed the most innocent among us to be thrown out with the daily waste.”
Ms. Farrar gave another angle to this belief. Here’s what she said to the BBC:
“It got me thinking, maybe what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. If we are taking these measures because of the sanctity of life, well, we just cannot waste any seed.”
But she failed to impress her critics, one of them described the bill as “plain stupid” as only a fertilized embryo needs protection, and also asked Ms. Farrar if she would use the law on menstruating women. Mr. Huffines said, “Life begins at conception.”
Although the Supreme Court overturned a ban imposed in 2014 on drug-induced abortions after seven weeks last year, Texas has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the U.S. This means that abortion clinics are rare. 19 abortion clinics were operating in June 2016, according to the Texas Tribune, a vast majority of them concentrated in urban areas. 95% of the counties in Texas are without a clinic.
Mr. Farrar has also voiced against the obligations where women are forced to sit and listen to lectures on moral implications of abortion and look at images of the fetuses when they seek terminations. Women undergo a vaginal ultrasound to hear the baby’s heartbeat and also get warnings of breast cancer being linked to abortion, although this has been disproved.
Mr. Farrar has called this “manipulation” and suggested a male equivalent for each step, including a “digital rectal exam.”
Mr. Farrar and Texas are not alone in facing increased legislation over abortion. The new administration has shifted away from the pro-choice stance of Obama’s administration; emboldening anti-abortion activists and their supporters. Lawmakers have proposed a slew of new restrictions across the country, including one that forces women in Oklahoma to get the consent of their sexual partners for abortion.