In his urgency to condemn the proposed law, the Texas GOP senator accidentally forayed into the pro-choice territory.
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."
This proposed law would require that all men get a vasectomy at age 50 or after their third child.— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) February 18, 2020
The bill's sponsor says this gives perspective on other reproductive laws. https://t.co/0MasEAR1I5
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.
ICYMI: In an epic troll, Alabama congresswoman Rolonda Hollis introduced bill requiring all men over 50 to get vasectomies. It's a response to the GOP trying to legislate women's bodies— 🍹🌴Matty🕺🏳️🌈 (@theMattyKakes) February 15, 2020
Alabama lawmaker’s bill would force men to get vasectomies at 50 https://t.co/Ea2pHhlXj7
"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 AL.com, she added, "It always takes two to tango. We can’t put all the responsibility on women. Men need to be responsible also."
A Democratic state legislator said men "should not be legislating what women do with their bodies." https://t.co/X20cLdJjPT— HuffPost (@HuffPost) February 17, 2020
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?
Yikes. A government big enough to give you everything is big enough to take everything...literally! Alabama Democrat proposes bill mandating all men have vasectomy at age 50 or after third child. https://t.co/PeaNUg1Joc— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 16, 2020
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:
Call us when they stop paying for your Viagra.— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) February 16, 2020
Yes. Governments have no business controlling the reproductive systems of citizens. Glad you've finally come around on choice, Senator.— Melissa Ryan (@MelissaRyan) February 16, 2020
Also, congrats on an epic self-own.
Wow how awful that the government is trying to interfere with bodily autonomy! What’s that feel like?— Brooke Binkowski (@brooklynmarie) February 16, 2020
Gosh, can you imagine the outrage if men tried to do something like that to women? pic.twitter.com/xEdlUjPrd8— D Villella ❄️ (@dvillella) February 16, 2020
Yikes. It’s almost like you’re uncomfortable with someone telling you what to do with your body and deciding when and how to have a kid. pic.twitter.com/FlZ7sIwrgU— Ida Skibenes ❄️ (@ida_skibenes) February 16, 2020
It’s outrageous to have government involved in these personal reproductive decisions! So glad you are pro-choice, Ted!— Fred Wellman (@FPWellman) February 16, 2020
Hey Ted Cruz - So, you don’t like the government telling you what you can & can’t do with your sperm. Mandatory vasectomy? #Karma - what goes around comes around. Stay out of women’s health decisions. We can make our own choices ~ just like men supposedly can. https://t.co/yXBkcPBJA0— Molly Jayne (@MollyJayne86) February 17, 2020
Remember when the Republicans in government wanted to mandate unnecessary transvaginal ultrasound probes for women seeking abortions? That's state-mandated rape, @tedcruz. Where was your rage then? You're only concerned about this because it's about penises. https://t.co/BdZsaCVpya— Kimberley Johnson (@AuthorKimberley) February 16, 2020
Oh so are you saying that it’s your body so it’s YOUR choice??? 🤡 https://t.co/nFJi1rbQdt— Lyn Ventimiglia (Larry David+Emmy Rossum=me🤓) (@lyn_thewriter) February 16, 2020
But It's okay for the Grand old Corruption party to make decisions affecting women's bodies and rights. Triggered? Breathe in then out 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/fnfHP4Q0C1— Resist4Humanity 📢 #VoteOutGOP 🌊🌊 (@deejay90192) February 16, 2020
Hold on. It's ok for you to tell ME, my daughter, and my granddaughter, what to do with OUR BODIES, but God forbid anyone tells YOU, or any man, for that matter, right?? pic.twitter.com/QDZ3PVKrko— MO'S HAD ENOUGH!!! #RESIST😡TIME TO REMOVE DJT! 🌊 (@herman_maureen) February 16, 2020
That awkward moment Ted Cruz realizes the government has no business legislating reproductive health care between a patient and a doctor.— Brianna Wu (@BriannaWu) February 17, 2020
Welcome to the pro-choice movement, @tedcruz! https://t.co/O6mW0Fai66
Oh so tell me more about your positions on government making reproductive decision...— Shannon4OH (@ShannonFreshour) February 17, 2020
For women https://t.co/pvFOCq115U