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An Oklahoma Democrat has proposed that young men in his state be forced to have vasectomies in the wake of the Supreme Court overturning the Roe Vs Wade ruling.
Last month, Mickey Dollens invited his fellow lawmakers to co-author a bill which would give a mandatory vasectomy to every young man in Oklahoma.
The vasectomy would only be reversed once each man could prove they were financially and emotionally stable, and not a moment before.
If any of this is sounding insane, that's because Dollens is only raising the bill to make a point that the state having such invasive control over a person's body is, indeed, insane.
This invasive control is exactly what will happen to many US women after the Supreme Court made the decision to overturn Roe Vs Wade last week, effectively ruling that the constitution doesn't safeguard a woman's right to an abortion.
"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."— The Recount (@therecount) May 20, 2022
— OK State Rep. Mickey Dollens (D) pic.twitter.com/AvszMmDt7M
According to the New York Times, Oklahoma last month gave final approval to a bill which would ban almost all abortions right from the moment of fertilisation, making it strictest state in the US on abortion.
The only exceptions to Oklahoma's new abortion laws are in the case of rape or incest, and even then only if they have been reported to the authorities.
Saying he was thinking about introducing the legislation on forcing men to have vasectomies next year, Dollens suggested to Republicans who thought he was being 'crazy' that now 'maybe you understand how 50 percent of Oklahomans feel'.
Republicans have argued that there is 'nothing higher or more critical than the defence of innocent, unborn life'.
However, Dollens has pointed out that in this 'defence of innocent, unborn life' is contained a massive overturning of rights and freedoms women in the US have enjoyed for almost 50 years.
Women in Oklahoma hoping to avoid what will be the harshest abortions laws in the US due to their right to an abortion being protected under Roe v Wade are now at the mercy of lawmakers in the Republican dominated state.
The Supreme Court's verdict on Roe Vs Wade has attracted widespread condemnation, with large protests in the US and international figures speaking out against the ruling.
The verdict from the conservative dominated Supreme Court is expected to lead to individual states being able to enforce abortion bans with women no longer protected by Roe Vs Wade.
Protests have been held across the US and outside American consulates abroad.
US President Joe Biden called the overturning of Roe Vs Wade 'a sad day for the court and for the country'.
He encouraged voters to take their anger at the Supreme Court's decision and channel it against the Republicans in the midterm elections due to be held in November.
Meanwhile, Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas suggested gay marriage could be the next thing overturned.
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