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Ted Cruz completely missed the point of the 'mandatory vasectomy' bill and Twitter loves it

In his urgency to condemn the proposed law, the Texas GOP senator accidentally forayed into the pro-choice territory.

Ted Cruz completely missed the point of the 'mandatory vasectomy' bill and Twitter loves it
Image Source: (L): Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) leaves after attending the memorial service for the late Rep. Elijah Cummings on October 24, 2019, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images) (R): Twitter/ Brooke Binkowski

An Alabama lawmaker had pro-life campaigners clutching their balls in horror last week when she proposed a mandatory vasectomy bill in response to the state's continued attempts to limit abortion rights. Introduced by Democratic Rep. Rolanda Hollis, the bill would require men to undergo a vasectomy at age 50 or after the birth of their third biological child, whichever comes first. She explained that her proposal is meant to "neutralize" Alabama's abortion ban bill and "send a message that men should not be legislating what women do with their bodies."


Alabama became the center of widespread criticism last year when lawmakers approved a near-total ban on abortions. Although in October a federal judge blocked the controversial bill from taking effect, anti-abortion supporters hope the case will eventually reach the Supreme Court to overturn national abortion laws. According to ABC News, Hollis cited the proposed abortion ban as the reason for her bill. "Many have seen HB-238 as an outrageous overstep; yet, year after year the majority party continues to introduce new legislation that tries to dictate a woman's body and her reproductive rights. We should view this as the same outrageous overstep in authority," she said in a statement.


"Just as I would turn to my doctor over my state legislator to make recommendations when deciding whether or not to have a surgery, or whether or not to take a certain type of medicine -- it is my doctor with whom I -- or any of my loved ones -- should consult when it comes to making the incredibly difficult decisions related to my personal reproductive rights," she added. In her legislation, Hollis noted how "under existing law, there are no restrictions on the reproductive rights of men." Speaking to, she added, "It always takes two to tango. We can’t put all the responsibility on women. Men need to be responsible also."


While the chances of her bill becoming law in the Republican-controlled Alabama state Legislature are non-existent—a fact Hollis seems to be well aware of—the point she's trying to make by proposing mandatory vasectomies was completely lost on many. Unsurprisingly, one of them turned out to be Texas GOP senator Ted Cruz, who in his urgency to condemn the proposed law accidentally proved Hollis' point for her. Responding to news of the legislation, he tweeted out an actual "Yikes." Yeah, it hurts now, doesn't it Ted?


Twitter had a field day with Cruz conveniently taking the bait set up by Hollis and his sudden pro-choice stance. Check out some of our favorite responses to his hypocrisy:


















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