Texas Lawmaker Takes Aim at Anti-Choice Laws With Fine for Male Masturbation

September 29, 2020 0 By JohnValbyNation

A Texas lawmaker on Friday took a legislative jab at the state’s anti-choice laws, filing satirical legislation that would slap a fine on men for masturbating and make those who want a vasectomy, colonoscopy, or a Viagra prescription undergo “a medically-unnecessary digital rectal exam.”

Proposed by state Rep. Jessica Farrar (D), HB 4260 (pdf) or “A Man’s Right to Know” aims to “promote men’s health” and would require the Department of State Health Services to make and distribute informational materials that lay out the rules in a booklet that mirrors A Woman’s Right to Know, referring to the misleading, state-mandated booklet for pregnant women.

HB 4260 would prohibit lawsuits against doctors or healthcare providers who refuse to perform a vasectomy, prescribe Viagra, or perform a colonoscopy “due to their personal, moralistic, or religious beliefs.”

The performance of those procedures or the prescribing of Viagra could only take place after 24 hours since the initial healthcare consultation during which “[a]n attending physician must administer a medically-unnecessary digital rectal exam and magnetic resonance imagining of the rectum.”