HOUSTON — Texas State Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston, filed a bill Friday that would penalize men for “unregulated masturbatory emissions.”
House Bill 4260 would encourage men to remain “fully abstinent” and only allow the “occasional masturbatory emissions inside health care and medical facilities,” which are described in the legislation as the best way to ensure men’s health.
Farrar said she created the bill after feeling fed up with the various legislative bills introduced by men addressing women’s healthcare.
“A lot of people find the bill funny,” Farrar said in a phone interview. “What’s not funny are the obstacles that Texas women face every day, that were placed there by legislatures making it very difficult for them to access healthcare.”
A man would face a $100 penalty for each emission made outside of a vagina or medical facility. Such an emission would be considered “an act against an unborn child, and failing to preserve the sanctity of life,” according to the legislation.
The money would benefit children in the care of the Department of Family and Protective Services.
A registry would be created of non-profit organizations and hospitals that provide “fully-abstinent encouragement counseling, supervising physicians for masturbatory emissions, and storage for the semen.”
Farrar is currently serving her 11th term as state representative for District 148. She works on issues that include women’s health, sexual assault, reproductive rights, discrimination, juvenile justice and domestic violence.
She recently spoke out this week against the fetal remains bill, which would require hospitals to bury or cremate fetal remains, tweeting “The fetal remains bill imposes state-sponsored moral beliefs on women, affecting their ability to make personal decisions with their doctor.”
Her latest bill also seeks to provide men with a safe and healthy environment during vasectomies, Viagra uses and colonoscopies by creating “A Man’s Right to Know” booklet that should “exactly follow the rules and procedures of the informational booklet “A Woman’s Right To Know,” required to be given of women terminating pregnancies.
During the consultation, the physician would verbally review the booklet with men and would be required to “administer a medically-unnecessary digital rectal exam and magnetic resonance imagining of the rectum,” according to the bill.
Farrar said she included this part of the bill to mimic the trans-vaginal ultrasound woman have when they are seeking an abortion. She also described the doctor reading the “Woman’s Right To Know” pamphlet as a “guilt mechanism.”
“It’s to show how invasive this medically unnecessary procedure is,” She said. “When a woman has to have a trans-vaginal ultrasound, it has nothing to do with her healthcare. One of the state’s objectives is to guilt her into changing her mind.”
A doctor would also have the right to “to invoke their personal, moralistic, or religious beliefs” if they refuse to perform a vasectomy or prescribe Viagra.
After reviewing the booklet, consent will be given to the man only after 24 hours have passed since the initial consultation.
“I’m pretty sure this is going to be a famous bill,” tweeted Ross Ramsey, executive editor of the Texas Tribune.
Reporter Teddy Wilson from College Station tweeted: “@JFarrarDist148 expertly trolls #txlege with #HB4260: “occasional masturbatory emissions.”
And @michaelwalling of Fort Worth tweeted: “My wife wants to invite Jessica Farrar over for dinner.”
The Houston representative hopes men will realize the obstacles women face trying to access healthcare through her bill.
“If the state’s going to step in to the arena of women’s healthcare, lets look to the best practices of the doctors, not bad science, not political agendas and not votes in a Republican primary,” She said.
Source: San Antonio Express-News
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