Ted Cruz Appalled By Proposed Bill Targeting Men’s Reproductive Health Choices
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) took to Twitter on Sunday to decry proposed legislation that would allow the government to interfere in reproductive health care choices, suggesting that individuals should be free to determine their own course when it comes to having children.
But Cruz’s outrage over the issue appears to apply solely to government interference in men’s reproductive health care decisions.
While the Republican lawmaker is against abortion in all cases except when the mother’s life is endangered and believes companies should be allowed to deny access to birth control if it goes against their religious beliefs, Cruz apparently draws the line at controlling men’s decision about vasectomies.
According to The Hill, Cruz tweeted about an Alabama proposal that would require certain men to have the procedure: “Yikes. A government big enough to give you everything is big enough to take everything...literally! Alabama Democrat proposes bill mandating all men have vasectomy at age 50 or after third child.”
Many on Twitter were quick to note Cruz’s “epic self-own.”
The bill Cruz’s comment targeted was introduced by Alabama state Rep. Rolanda Hollis (D) last week in response to a law passed last year “that seeks to make abortion illegal almost all case, including in instances of rape or incest,” The Hill reported.
“Under existing law, there are no restrictions on the reproductive rights of men,” a synopsis for Hollis' bill says. "This bill would require a man to undergo a vasectomy within one month of his 50th birthday or the birth of his third biological child, whichever comes first."
“The vasectomy bill is to help with the reproductive system, and yes, it is to neutralize the abortion ban bill ... it always takes two to tango," Hollis told AL.com.
“We can’t put all the responsibility on women. Men need to be responsible also,” she added.