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Texas Lawmaker Proposes Rectal Exams for Men in Protest of Abortion Regulations

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By    |   Wednesday, 15 Mar 2017 04:21 PM

A Democrat state representative in Texas has introduced a bill requiring men seeking Viagra to subject themselves to a "medically unnecessary rectal exam and magnetic resonance imagining" and a 24-hour wait in protest of similar regulations for women seeking abortions in the state.

"I think it's accomplished its goal, which is to shine a light on what is happening in Texas and hopefully to stem the tide of this kind of legislation that interferes with the doctor-patient relationship," state Rep. Jessica Farrar said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

"I mean, we would never do this to men."

The bill's stated intent is to "ensure a doctor's right to invoke their personal, moralistic, or religious beliefs in refusing to perform an elective vasectomy or prescribe Viagra."

A 2011 law in Texas forced women to undergo an ultrasound 24 hours before terminating a pregnancy. A 2003 bill required abortion providers to give women a booklet titled "A Woman's Right to Know," therefore Farrar proposes the Texas Department of State Health Services gives men seeking Viagra and colonoscopies a booklet called "A Man's Right to Know" with images depicting the procedures.

Farrar's "attempt to compare [her bill] to the abortion issue shows a lack of a basic understanding of human biology," said Rep. Tony Tinderholt, a Republican who put forward a bill to totally outlaw abortion except when the mother's life is endangered, said in a statement. "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."

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A Democrat state representative in Texas has introduced a bill requiring men seeking Viagra to subject themselves to a "medically unnecessary rectal exam and magnetic resonance imagining" and a 24-hour wait.
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