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By Beth Greenfield

In response to last year’s near-total (and temporarily blocked) abortion ban in Alabama, a state legislator has introduced a bill that would require a man to undergo a vasectomy, at his own expense, “within one month of his 50th birthday or the birth of his third biological child, whichever comes first.”

House Bill 238, introduced on Thursday by Rep. Rolanda Hollis (D) notes, “Under existing law, there are no restrictions on the reproductive rights of men.”

The bill, Hollis says in a statement she shared with Yahoo Lifestyle, “is meant to neutralize last year’s abortion ban bill, and sends the message that men should not be legislating what women do with their bodies.” Further, she told AL.com, “It always takes two to tango. We can’t put all the responsibility on women. Men need to be responsible also.”

The online backlash was swift, of course, with critics calling it “wrong,” “sick,” and “Communism,” although plenty of supporters got her point, and celebrated it, saying, “Ha! Stay out of my uterus!” and “Wahoo!”

Melanie Lauren@Sweetemmilyn

What the HELL is going on in AL?!

Alabama Democrat Rolanda Hollis proposes a bill REQUIRING MEN OVER 50 or over to have a vasectomy…OR ANY MALE, ANY AGE, after their 3rd child!

Hello China!

COMMUNISM is being PUSHED in AL and VA, TEST STATES, people. https://twitter.com/sean_yhn/status/1228082692509589504 

Sean Ross@sean_yhn

What a day in the Alabama Legislature. #alpolitics

Alabama Democrat proposes bill mandating all men have vasectomy at age 50 or after third child https://yellowhammernews.com/alabama-democrat-proposes-bill-mandating-all-men-have-vasectomy-at-age-50-or-after-third-child/ 

alice acosta@allie258

@realDonaldTrump rolanda Hollis is bringing a bill that would force men at the age of 50 to get a vasectomy. Democrats are sick. They violate everyone’s rights to fulfill a SICK agenda.

Peg@ethnobot

Wahoo!

“Under existing law, there are no restrictions on the reproductive rights of men”

HB 238, filed by Rep. Rolanda Hollis, would require a man to undergo a vasectomy after the birth of his 3rd biological child or w/in 1 month of his 50th birthday…at his own expense https://twitter.com/WLOX/status/1228370135888617472 

WLOX

@WLOX

Alabama bill would force men to get vasectomies at 50 https://ift.tt/2SqnFvW 

𝒜𝓇𝒾𝑒𝓈𝒶 𝒾𝓈 𝒻𝑒𝒹 𝓊𝓅! Are you? Vote Blue!@AriesaSandino

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Rep. Rolanda Hollis (D) introduced a bill requiring men to get a vasectomy. House Bill 238, creates a law requiring men to get the procedure “within a month of their 50th birthday or the birth of his third biological child, whichever comes first.”

Ha! Stay out of my uterus!

General William T. Sherman@secularagnostic

Watch how quickly the pro lifers cry foul. Mandatory vasectomy at 50 or after 3 kids? Alabama bill proposes it http://www.wzzm13.com/mobile/article/news/nation-world/alabama-required-vasectomy-bill/507-1687b55a-7c52-4e52-b444-deabd8ad9a3d  via @wzzm13

Mandatory vasectomy at 50 or after 3 kids? Alabama bill proposes it

After a tough abortion bill passed last year, a lawmaker said men should be held just as responsible for reproductive decisions as women.

Hollis responded to some of the outcry by including in her statement: “Many have seen HB238 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.”

Abortion rights activists rallied in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, in May 2019 after the state of Alabama passed the country's most restrictive abortion ban. (Photo: ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

Abortion rights activists rallied in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, in May 2019 after the state of Alabama passed the country’s most restrictive abortion ban. (Photo: ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

She added, “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.”