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Houston Democrat Jessica Farrar Wants to Fine Men $100 For Masturbating

Texas state representative Jessica Farrar filed house bill 4260 last Friday.  This bill would fine men $100 for masturbating.  It also requires a booklet with medical information related to the benefits and concerns of a man seeking a vasectomy, a Viagra prescription or a colonoscopy.  It would also allow doctors to avoid performing a vasectomy or prescribe Viagra if it violated their religious beliefs.

“What I would like to see is this make people stop and think. Maybe my colleagues aren’t capable of that, but the people who voted for them, or the people that didn’t vote at all, I hope that it changes their mind and helps them to decide what the priorities are.” – Jessica Farrar

Farrar told the Texas Tribune she knew her “satirical” bill had no chance of becoming law. Farrar is an outspoken proponent of abortion rights. This bill was filed in an effort to troll Texas republicans who are passing abortion laws. Farrar disagrees with these laws, so she responds by wasting valuable time when the government is in session. By proposing a fine for masturbation, Farrar says that if a man’s semen is not used to create a pregnancy, “then it’s a waste because that semen can be used, and is to be used, for creating more human life.”

“Men have to answer for their actions and so forth. So if there’s going to be an emission, it would have to be done in a hospital where the semen could be preserved for future pregnancies or it would be directly deposited into the vagina of a woman.” – Jessica Farrar

HB 4260 also calls for informed consent for elective vasectomies, colonoscopy procedures and Viagra prescriptions. Consent is informed only if at least 1 day has passed since a man’s initial health care consultation for the procedure or prescription. The bill also requires a rectal exam before administering an elective vasectomy or colonoscopy procedure, or prescribing Viagra. The bill acknowledges this exam is medically unnecessary.

Her version

Each part of the bill is her response to a similar abortion bill. Farrar fought against the measure requiring a 24-hour waiting period between a required consultation and receiving an abortion, and another measure requiring women to have a transvaginal ultrasound while listening to the fetal heartbeat before undergoing the procedure.

House Republicans were not amused

Tony Tinderholt said Farrar lacked a basic understanding of human biology:

“I’m embarrassed for Representative Farrar. Her attempt to compare [HB 4260] to the abortion issue shows a lack of a basic understanding of human biology. I would recommend that she consider taking a high school biology class from a local public or charter school before filing another bill on the matter.” – Tony Tinderholt

There is no word yet on when this bill will be voted on.

Source: Texas Tribune
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