By Thomas Maxheimer
In response to the anti-women legislative efforts in Texas, one lawmaker, State Rep. Jessica Farrar has introduced HB4260, “A Man’s Right to Know,” which, while satirical, illustrates the heinous health and legal restrictions that have been levied against Texas women. Among other requirements, the bill would fine men $100 for masturbating, create a required booklet for men with medical information related to the benefits and concerns of a man seeking a vasectomy, Viagra prescription, or a colonoscopy. Also, the bill would let doctors invoke their “personal, moralistic, or religious beliefs” in refusing to perform an elective vasectomy or prescribe Viagra.
More than 100 anti-LGBT+ bills in 23 states have cropped up since the “make American great again” administration has taken control of the US. HRC and the American Civil Liberties Union, have documented bills in Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee and others. The most dangerous and frightening is the new law in South Dakota allowing adoption agencies to cite religious beliefs to avoid working with gay parents.
A recent nation-wide poll by Public Religion Research Institute shows support for same-sex marriage increased to 63% this year from 52% in 2013. The poll also found more than half of Americans oppose anti-trans bathroom laws.