Lawmaker Mocks Texas Abortion Law with Call for Male Masturbation Fines

Alongside Penalty for Wasting Semen Not Resulting in a Pregnancy

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas lawmaker is making a point about legislation that restricts women’s access to health care and abortions by proposing to fine men $100 when they masturbate.

FILE - In this April 2, 2009, file photo, Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston, speaks during a news conference in Austin, Texas. The Texas lawmaker is making a point about legislation that restricts women's access to health care and abortions by proposing to fine men $100 when they masturbate. Alongside the penalty for wasting semen not resulting in a pregnancy, Farrar's bill would require a "medically unnecessary digital rectal exam" before any man undergoes a vasectomy or can be prescribed Viagra. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck, File)
FILE – In this April 2, 2009, file photo, Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston, speaks during a news conference in Austin, Texas. The Texas lawmaker is making a point about legislation that restricts women’s access to health care and abortions by proposing to fine men $100 when they masturbate. Alongside the penalty for wasting semen not resulting in a pregnancy, Farrar’s bill would require a “medically unnecessary digital rectal exam” before any man undergoes a vasectomy or can be prescribed Viagra. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck, File)

Alongside the penalty for wasting semen not resulting in a pregnancy, state Rep. Jessica Farrar’s bill would require a “medically unnecessary digital rectal exam” before any man undergoes a vasectomy or can be prescribed Viagra.

The 11th term Democrat tells the Houston Chronicle that her bill mimics how a woman seeking an abortion is forced by Texas law to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound, which “has nothing to do with her health care.”

She says while some people think it’s funny, her bill highlights the obstacles women face “that were placed there by legislatures making it very difficult for them to access health care.”

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