An Oklahoma Democrat leader proposed a bill last week to force boys to get vasectomies in protest of legislation that protects unborn babies from abortion.
Townhall reports Oklahoma House Minority Whip Mickey Dollens, D-Oklahoma City, said he suggested the “crazy” vasectomy bill to make a point about how “ridiculous” it is to ban abortions.
“I would invite you to co-author a bill that I’m considering next year that would mandate that each male, when they reach puberty, get a mandatory vasectomy that’s only reversible when they reach the point of financial and emotional stability,” Dollens said last week after the Oklahoma legislature passed a bill to ban abortions in the state.
The pro-life measure is a Texas-style law that includes a private right of action as enforcement, but instead of protecting unborn babies at six week when their heartbeat can be detected, the Oklahoma bill protects unborn babies from the moment of conception when their life begins. It allows exceptions for rape, incest and risks to the mother’s life.
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Gov. Kevin Stitt, a pro-life Republican, is expected to sign the bill. If the courts do not block it, the legislation would save nearly 4,000 unborn babies from abortion every year.
Dollens, however, ignored the true purpose of the bill, claiming instead that it is about “intruding” on women’s bodies in an interview with MSNBC. He said he was not serious about his forced vasectomy proposal, but he wanted to make a point about bodily autonomy.
“To kind of fight fire with fire, I proposed a tongue-in-cheek proposal to mandate vasectomies to prove a point how absurd and ridiculous it is to regulate one’s bodily autonomy,” he told MSNBC host Katie Phang. “I will be on the record to say I don’t believe that government should regulate anyone’s reproductive system, but in this case it seems to have really resonated …”
Dollens also criticized “all the angry males” who have expressed outrage at his proposal, writing on Twitter, “… if mandatory vasectomies sounds absurd, the idea of government regulating women’s reproduction should, too.”
But Dollens missed the point. The purpose of pro-life legislation is to protect unborn babies, unique and living human beings from the moment of conception who deserve a right to life. Abortions violently destroy their lives and deny them the opportunity to enjoy any basic human rights, and they do not heal or help the babies’ mothers.
The bill was the second Texas-style law that the Oklahoma legislature approved this session. Lawmakers also passed another law that prohibits abortions once an unborn baby’s heart can be detected, about six weeks of pregnancy. All across the country, lawmakers have introduced hundreds of pro-life bills this year in anticipation that the Supreme Court could overturn Roe v. Wade this summer. Since 1973, states have been forced to legalize abortions without limits up to viability, and more than 63.5 million unborn babies have been killed.
The Guttmacher Institute estimates 26 states “are certain or likely to ban abortions” if the Supreme Court gets rid of Roe. And researchers estimated that abortion numbers would drop by about 120,000 in the first year and potentially even more in subsequent years if the high court allows states to ban abortions again.