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Trump Goes Global With His Absurd Anti-Abortion Agenda

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Rolanda Hollis, a state representative from Alabama, has introduced a bill in her state’s legislature that has gotten a lot of attention. After Alabama banned nearly all abortions last year, Hollis introduced a bill that would require all men over the age of 50, or those who have fathered three children — whichever comes first — to undergo a mandatory vasectomy. She made it clear the bill was meant to “send a message that men should not be legislating what women do with their bodies.” Replying to a question on Twitter, she explained, “The Vasectomy bill is to help with the reproductive system. This is to neutralize the abortion ban bill.

The responsibility is not always on the women. It takes 2 to tangle [sic]. This will help prevent pregnancy as well as abortion of unwanted children.” Hollis added the bill would “help men become more accountable as well as women.”

If the idea behind Hollis’ bill sounds absurd, that is precisely the point. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who has urged the passage of a 20-week abortion ban in his state, among other things, was shocked at what he describes as the bill’s overreach. He said, without irony, “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.” Twitter users jumped on his hypocrisy and called him out. Actress and activist Patricia Arquette replied, “Thought you wanted to stop unwanted pregnancies.” LGBTQ rights activist Ida Skibenes retorted, “Yikes. It’s almost like you’re uncomfortable with someone telling you what to do with your body and deciding when and how to have a kid.”

Republican lawmakers in Alabama made it quite clear that their........

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