US Lawmaker wants fines for male masturbation

BBC:-A female politician in Texas is taking an unusual swipe at what she sees as restrictive abortion laws by targeting men – more precisely male masturbation.

Her unlikely draft law has a simple aim, she says – to protect unborn children everywhere.

Which is why it wants all “emissions outside of a woman’s vagina, or created outside of a health or medical facility” to carry a $100 (£81) fine.

If a man made such an emission it would “be considered an act against an unborn child”.

If it sounds like something out of a dystopian novel, that is because it is meant to.

Jessica Farrar, a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, submitted House Bill number 4260 last week. She knows it will never become law. Indeed, it is unlikely to make it far at all.

But she argues it is no more extreme than the restrictions put on women by the state of Texas when it comes to choosing whether or not to end their pregnancy.

The last straw for her came with the most recent in a string of proposed bills, which she saw as chipping away at women’s rights.

The latest wanted to force women to choose whether to bury or cremate the embryonic remains of either a miscarriage or abortion.

During a hearing for the bill last August, state Senator Don Huffines said: “For far too long, Texas has allowed the most innocent among us to be thrown out with the daily waste.”

Ms Farrar decided to put a different spin on this belief.

“It got me thinking, maybe what’s good for the goose is good for the gander,” Ms Farrar told the BBC. “If we are taking these measures because of the sanctity of life, well, we just cannot waste any seed.”

But her critics were not impressed. “Plain stupid,” said one on Twitter, saying that only a fertilised embryo needs protecting, and asking if she would also use the law on menstruating women.

“Life begins at conception,” Mr Huffines had said.

Texas has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the US – even though the Supreme Court overturned a 2014 ban on drug-induced abortions after seven weeks last year.

The restrictions mean clinics providing abortions are few and far between. According to the Texas Tribune, there were 19 abortion clinics in June 2016, the vast majority of them concentrated in urban areas.

It has left 95% of counties within Texas’s expansive borders without a clinic. In the 885km (550 miles) between San Antonio and El Paso – the same distance as between Penzance and Edinburgh – there are no abortion clinics.

Ms Farrar also speaks angrily of women forced to sit and listen to a lecture on the moral implications of abortion, and look at images of foetuses when they seek terminations. They also undergo an intrusive vaginal ultrasound to hear the baby’s heartbeat, and receive warnings of abortion being linked to breast cancer, even though this claim has been disproved.

“It is clear this is about manipulation,” said Ms Farrar, whose bill suggests a male equivalent for each step, including a “digital rectal exam”.

“As if every woman has not thought about this [abortion]. The fact is, only she knows what has happened in her life,” she said.

Texas-based group New Wave Feminists insists it wants to support women, but believes a foetus has rights too.

“Many would say that the foetus is actually the most vulnerable member of the human family and yet, because it is smaller, weaker, and can’t tell us to stop, we’ve decided it’s okay to dispose of it however we see fit,” the organisation says.


1 Comment

  1. Anonymous
    March 13, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    This woman is out her mind and her idea is just to kill more babies.

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