'Yikes!': Ted Cruz Criticizes Alabama Vasectomy Legislation That Proposes Mandatory Procedures for Certain Men

Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas on Sunday criticized a measure recently introduced by an Alabama state representative that seeks to make vasectomies mandatory for certain men.

The legislation was proposed in response to an Alabama law passed last year to ban most abortions across the state. "Yikes. A government big enough to give you everything is big enough to take everything...literally!" Cruz tweeted on Sunday. "Alabama Democrat proposes bill mandating all men have vasectomy at age 50 or after third child."

Alabama Democratic state representative Rolanda Hollis filed the vasectomy bill on Thursday. If passed, it would require every man undergo a vasectomy within one month after their 50th birthday or following the birth of their third biological child. The HB 238 bill, first mentioned by Alabama Democrats during the state's debate in 2019 on HB314, will ensure the vasectomies are undergone at the man's "own expense."

Newsweek reached out to Hollis for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

The state's abortion bill, which only allows procedures if the mother's life is at risk, was temporarily blocked by a federal judge in October, pending legal challenges that are currently being addressed by the courts.

"Under existing law, there are no restrictions on the reproductive rights of men," a synopsis of Hollis' vasectomy legislation reads. "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."

In a recent interview with AL.com, Hollis described the vasectomy bill as one that would "help with the reproductive system" and noted that she is both pro-life and pro-choice. "It is to neutralize the abortion ban bill," she said. "It always takes two to tango."

"We can't put all the responsibility on women. Men need to be responsible also," Hollis added. "I do not believe that women should use abortion as a birth control, but I do believe that if a women is raped or if it's incest or anything like that, then she has the choice to do what she wants to do."

Alabamians on the street did not respond well to Hollis' legislation when asked by local news site WBRC-6. "I think it's absurd first of all. It's delusional for somebody to tell somebody they have to have a mandatory vasectomy," DeMarcus Furlow said.

RaVon Dovard said: "I'm not going to do it. I'm not going to be a part of it cause what if I want to have four kids one day and I can't have kids because I'm 37 and have three kids."

"We are grown up. We can do what we want to. After we got out of our parents house. We should be able to do what we want to," added Kelle Akana, a mother of four children.

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Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) walks back to the Senate floor following a dinner recess in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on January 23, 2020 in Washington, DC. Samuel Corum/Getty