A Texas bill that would fine men for masturbating has moved a step closer to becoming law.
House Bill 4260, known as the Man’s Right To Know Act, calls for a $100 fine for “emissions outside of a woman’s vagina” which will be “considered an act against an unborn child, and failing to preserve the sanctity of life”.
Men who seek an elective vasectomy or colonoscopy procedure, or wish to be prescribed Viagra, will also be required to undergo a “medically-unnecessary” digital rectal exam if the bill passes.
HB 4260 received it’s first reading in the state’s House of Representatives this week, and has now been referred to the Texas House State Affairs Committee. It’s proposed that it will become law on 1 September.
This whole thing might sound ridiculous, but that’s because it’s supposed to.
State representative Jessica Farrar, a Houston Democrat, introduced the satirical legislation last month in an attempt to make a statement about the Women’s Right To Know Act which previously passed into Texas law.
Under the controversial act, women who want abortions are forced to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound, listen to the heartbeat, and be given a description of the fetus at least 24 hours before going through the procedure.
— Jessica Farrar (@JFarrarDist148) March 11, 2017
Farrar wrote in a statement: “Although HB 4260 is satirical, there is nothing funny about current health care restrictions for women and the very real legislation that is proposed every legislative session.
“Women are not laughing at state-imposed regulations and obstacles that interfere with their ability to legally access safe healthcare, and subject them to fake science and medically unnecessary procedures.
“Texans deserve to be treated with the same amount of respect when making healthcare decisions, regardless of their gender.”
While she knows that the proposed regulations won’t become law, Farrar hopes that it will ignite debate about women’s rights and encourage lawmakers to reconsider what’s actually important.
She told the Texas Tribune: “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 their priorities are.”