Satirical Texas bill would fine men $100 for masturbating and require 24 hour wait for Viagra

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State Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston. image courtesy :Houston Chronicle

Being female in America often means jumping through a lot of hoops to obtain sexual and reproductive health care. Being female and in need of reproductive health care  in Texas is an extra tricky predicament.

For instance, in order to get an abortion (which is already mostly restricted in Texas after 20 weeks), a woman must first get an ultrasound, receive counselling per the Women’s Right to Know Act, and then wait 24 hours before finally going through with the already painful procedure.

Representatives in Texas have also introduced a bill that would criminalise abortion an idea that Trump has expressed ambivalence toward in the past,and another that would require hospitals to bury or cremate the fetal remains from abortions and miscarriages.

Democratic State Representative Jessica Farrar isn’t having any of it. In response to the increasing burdens placed on Texas women seeking reproductive care, Farrar introduced a bill of her own.Texas House bill 4260, titled “Man’s Right to Know Act,” which would require men to wait 24 hours after an “initial health care consultation” to receive an elective vasectomy, colonoscopy or Viagra prescription.

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“An attending physician must administer a medically-unnecessary digital rectal exam and magnetic resonance imagining of the rectum before administering an elective vasectomy or colonoscopy procedure, or prescribing Viagra,” it reads.

Republicans have lashed out at Farrar’s bill.

“I’m embarrassed for Representative Farrar. Her attempt to compare to the abortion issue shows a lack of a basic understanding of human biology,” said Rep. Tony Tinderholt in a statement.

“I would recommend that she consider taking a high school biology class from a local public or charter school before filing another bill on the matter.”

Tinderholt recently proposed a bill that would charge abortion providers and women receiving abortions with murder.

The bill, in case it’s not clear yet, is a send off on antiabortion legislation, particularly in Texas. Farrar told sources,she knows the “proposed satirical regulations” will not be enacted. That isn’t their purpose.”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,” she said.

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Finally, Farrar’s bill would ban “unregulated masturbatory emissions.”

“Emissions outside of a woman’s vagina, or created outside of a health or medical facility, will be charged a $100 civil penalty for each emission, and will be considered an act against an unborn child,” the four-page bill read. Furthermore, emissions created in medical facilities “will be stored for the purposes of conception for a current or future wife.”

“A lot of people find the bill funny,” Farrar told sources. “What’s not funny are the obstacles that Texas women face every day, that were placed there by legislatures making it very difficult for them to access health care.”

She fears the barriers to women’s health will only grow with the new administration, which is why she filed the bill this year.

“Especially with Trump as president, I think these folks are on fire now. They’re off the chain now,” according to Farrar . “If they can elect someone based on making racist remarks and derogatory remarks toward women and such, then we’ve just given them license to offend and license to be even worse than before.”

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Even the bill’s name,”A Man’s Right to Know Act”,is a jab at a pamphlet Texas doctors are required to give women seeking abortions.

That pamphlet, “A Woman’s Right to Know,” has long been criticised for being inaccurate, ideologically influenced by religion and designed to discourage women from getting abortions.

One section of the pamphlet says breast cancer and abortions are linked. Scientific studies have found no cause-and-effect relationship between the two.

Republicans have lashed out at Farrar’s bill. “I’m embarrassed for Representative Farrar. Her attempt to compare to the abortion issue shows a lack of a basic understanding of human biology,” said Rep. Tony Tinderholt in a statement.

“I would recommend that she consider taking a high school biology class from a local public or charter school before filing another bill on the matter.”

Tinderholt recently proposed a bill that would charge abortion providers and women receiving abortions with murder.