A Texas lawmaker has put forth a sarcastic new bill that would penalize men in the state for what is being deemed as “unregulated masturbatory emissions” according to the document. State Rep. Jessica Farrar filed the satirical “men’s Health” bill in response to potential laws filed by men on behalf of women’s healthcare.
Farrar, a Democrat who represents the 148th distict in Houston, put forth House Bill 4260 after being angered by how women’s health is being undermined in the state by legislation she feels is harmful.
“A lot of people find the bill funny,” Farrar said in an interview with SF Gate. “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 healthcare.”
Farrar’s bill states that a man must remain abstinent and only make infrequent “emissions” inside health and medical facilities. If a man does so outside of these respective facilities or without a female partner, he would have to pay a $100 fine, as it would be considered “an act against an unborn child, and failing to preserve the sanctity of life,” according to the legislation. Monies collected would go towards the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
In a tweet posted this weekend, Rep. Farrar wrote, “#HB4260, “A Man’s Right to Know,” mirrors real TX laws and health care restrictions faced by TX women every #txlege session” — which hammered home the stance she’s taking by addressing healthcare inequality between the genders.
The response to the tweet has been largely positive with one user writing, “I just want to thank you & your staff. I know you’re all working hard for Tx women, & we truly couldn’t do it without y’all.”
Another user added, “Brilliant! Thank you for representing the women of your district with heart, integrity and a touch of humor. Cali stands w/u.”
While others point out a few misgivings about Farrar’s proposed legislation.
The bill also looks to provide men with a safe environment for vasectomies, colonoscopies, and Viagra uses via “A Man’s Right To Know” booklet which would mirror the booklet “A Woman’s Right To Know” that women are given before requesting an abortion. Farrar referred to the booklet as a way to guilt women out of going forth with the termination of a pregnancy.
Texas legislators have yet to weigh in on the bill.
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