Staunch anti-choice crusader Sen. Ted Cruz suddenly worried about the government dictating reproductive health after an Alabama lawmaker introduced a mandatory vasectomy bill in response to the state’s crackdown on abortion rights.
Democratic state Rep. Rolanda Hollis filed a bill on Thursday that would require every man to undergo a vasectomy within one month of turning 50 or after the birth of their third child.
The bill would require the vasectomies to be performed at the man’s “own expense.”
"Under existing law, there are no restrictions on the reproductive rights of men," the bill says. "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 comes first."
Ted Cruz criticizes bill:
“Yikes,” said Cruz, a vehement opponent of abortion rights. “A government big enough to give you everything is big enough to take everything...literally!”
“Yes, the government shouldn’t be involved in private reproductive health choices, yes, that’s a great point you made, yes,” replied author Kevin Kruse.
Bill came in response to abortion ban:
Hollis’ bill was filed in response to the state’s draconian abortion ban.
"It is to neutralize the abortion ban bill," she told AL.com. "It always takes two to tango."
"We can't put all the responsibility on women. Men need to be responsible also," Hollis added. "I do not believe that women should use abortion as a birth control, but I do believe that if a women is raped or if it's incest or anything like that, then she has the choice to do what she wants to do."