Forced vasectomies will be introduced by a Pennslyvania state rep, requiring men to cut the cord within six weeks of having their third child or on his 40th birthday, “whichever comes first.”
State Rep. Christopher Rabb (D) bill responds to the Texas Heartbeat Act, a pro-life law from the Lone Star State that bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. Leftists, including Rabb, have been outraged with the law they claim is made by Republicans to control women’s bodies.
“As we head toward climax on this heated discourse around this delicate matter, we should come together to address it with surgical precision. We must also commit to mending the social fabric being sliced up by bitter acrimony,” Rabb said in an October 2 memo to all Pennsylvania House members. [Emphasis added]
Rabb continued, “In order to improve public health outcomes and release sweet justice into our households and bedrooms, we must wrap our love of individual liberty in the moral imperative of greater personal responsibility and acknowledge men’s essential role in procreation.”
Taking a jab at the Texas law, his bill would “empower Pennsylvanians” to enforce the law by a reward of $10,000 for those reporting to the “proper authorities those scofflaws who have not complied with this statue within the allotted timeframe.” The Texas law allows any person to sue any abortion provider who murders a baby after six weeks of gestation. Any person who aids or abets in an illegal abortion may be sued. The person being sued must pay the person suing them at least $10,000 per unlawful abortion they perform or assist.
Woke gender terms are included in Rabb’s announcement, reinforcing the biological falsehood that any person besides women can become pregnant.
“As long as state legislatures continue to restrict the reproductive rights of cis women, trans men and non-binary people, there should be laws that address the responsibility of men who impregnate them,” he said. “Thus, my bill will also codify “wrongful conception” to include when a person has demonstrated negligence toward preventing conception during intercourse.”
Rabb tweeted the announcement; he noted the nearing legislation is inspired by Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-IL), who introduced a similarly structured bill related to domestic violence, according to the Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus.
“The bill introduced by Cassidy in Illinois would allow a person to bring a civil action against anyone who commits an act of domestic violence or sexual assault, as well as anyone who causes an unintended pregnancy or any person who enables those acts,” the caucus said in an October 4 statement.
The caucus said the proposed legislation by Rabb is a “parody,” meaning to “highlight gendered double standards regarding reproductive rights.” Since the announcement, Rabb said he had received threats.
“Within hours of its circulation of this memo, I have received some of the most hateful and threatening emails and voicemails over my five years in office,” Rabb said. “But I have also received the affirmation and support of people in and far beyond my district who hold reproductive rights sacrosanct — not to mention people who see the value in satire to raise awareness around serious issues such as this.”
Rep. David Rowe (R-IL) said the policy seems more like it belongs in “Communist China.”
“If there was any doubt that today’s progressive left have utterly and completely disregarded your personal medical freedom, then let this be the nail in the coffin,” he said in part in a Facebook post.
“This bill will never see the light of day as long as Republicans control the House, but I wanted you all to be aware how quickly policies that belong in Communist China would become the norm here if Democrats seized total control of State Government,” he concluded.
This is not the first politician attempt to propose forced sterilization in response to pro-life legislation. In 2020 Rep. Rolanda Hollis (D-AL) introduced legislation that would have mandated “every Alabama man to undergo a vasectomy within one month of his 50th birthday or the birth of his third biological child, whichever comes first,” according to a report from Alabama-based Yellowhammer News. Some viewed Hollis’s legislation as a response to the 2019 state passage of the Human Life Protection Act.