After Rep. Rolanda Hollis unveiled HB238, a bill that would require Alabama men to get a vasectomy once they reach 50 or father three children, former 2016 Presidential candidate and Senator, Ted Cruz (R-Texas), tweeted, “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.”
Cruz advocates for anti-abortion policies and believes that access to abortion services is part of the “real war on women”. However, it seems that he’s not so anti-choice when it comes to the government wanting to get involved with men’s bodies and reproductive rights.
Hollis’ bill was a direct response to HB314, passed and signed into law last year, that would outlaw abortions, even in cases of rape and incest.
On May 31 of 2019, State Senator Vivian Figures wrote an open letter for AL.com protesting the controversial abortion law signed by Governor Kay Ivey. She wrote that we need more elected officials who will represent all of Alabama and not just those who are anti-abortion.
“The women who are fighting — and have been fighting — to protect this constitutional right should be acknowledged and centered in these conversations. Activists are making their voices heard. But we also need those voices at all levels of government. We need elected officials who represent the people affected by legislation and who will fight for policies with which the majority of Americans actually agree. With this in mind, on May 21 I filed a bill to repeal Alabama’s extreme abortion ban. It was swiftly buried in the Senate’s Health Committee, which I expected, but I will continue to do all that I can to ensure women maintain bodily autonomy and reproductive freedom.”
Dakota Layton graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. He is currently enrolled at the University of Mississippi where he is working to earn his Master of Arts in Philosophy.