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Oklahoma Democrat proposes legislation that would mandate young men get vasectomies

Oklahoma state Rep. Mickey Dollens proposed mandatory vasectomies for boys once they hit puberty.

Speaking before a floor of legislators, Dollens said on Thursday that he is thinking about introducing the legislation next year.

“I would invite you to co-author a bill that I’m considering next year that would mandate that each male, when they reach puberty, get a mandatory vasectomy that’s only reversible when they reach the point of financial and emotional stability,” he told GOP lawmakers.

“If you think that’s crazy then I think that maybe you understand how 50 percent of Oklahomans feel, as well,” the Democrat said.

Dollens’ remarks were made as the Oklahoma legislature debated HB 4327, a law that effectively bans abortion from the moment of fertilization. The legislature on Thursday passed the bill, and Gov. Kevin Stitt is expected to sign it into law [Mediaite].

Dollens promoted alternate strategies for combating “unwanted pregancies,” including birth control, family planning, higher wages, education, etc. Dollens suggested the passage of the bill was not a “priority,” but to take advantage of the current political climate ahead of the midterm elections.

“Here we are … second to last week of session, is this really a priority?” he asked. “No, if it was a priority, we would have heard it weeks ago. What this is, is an attempt for cheap political points in a competitive primary.”

The legislation comes as the Supreme Court weighs overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark case that legalized abortion in the United States. Politico earlier this month published a draft Supreme Court opinion signaling a reversal of Roe v. Wade. In the draft, Associate Justice Samuel Alito characterized abortion as “egregiously wrong from the start” [Business Insider].

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