Oklahoma Dem proposes mandatory vasectomies for boys until they reach ‘financial and emotional stability’

Oklahoma is known for many things—tornadoes, sprawling agricultural fields, renowned college football teams, and being the home state of famous country music stars like Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood.

And if one Democratic legislator gets his way, the Sooner State may soon be known for something else: requiring mandatory vasectomies for males upon reaching the age of puberty. Not exactly the sort of thing calculated to attract newcomers to one’s state, but perhaps that was the idea all along.

Oklahoma State Representative Mickey Dollens (not to be confused with Micky Dolenz, lead vocalist for The Monkees), appeared last week on the Oklahoma state House’s floor to propose a new piece of legislation in response to the state’s recent abortion bill. The bill is considered the country’s “most restrictive abortion bill” by liberal media outlets, and it does indeed ban abortion at the point of fertilization, therefore essentially outlawing the practice.

Oklahoma’s Republican governor Kevin Stitt has previously pledged to sign any pro-life legislation that appears on his desk and is widely expected to sign the bill into law in the coming days.

“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,” Rep. Dollens said in his remarks on the state House floor. “If you think that’s crazy, then I think that maybe you understand how 50% of Oklahomans feel, as well.”

Dollens provided no citation for that “50%” statistic, but he continued to make his case in what was evidently an attempt to burnish his liberal bona fides and perhaps launch his career onto a Washington-bound trajectory.

“HB4327 allows people to sue doctors for performing an abortion and defines life at the moment of ‘fertilization,’” he wrote. “Here’s an idea: mandatory vasectomies—if signed into law would be the first Oklahoma statute to control the male reproductive system. No more unwanted pregnancies.”

Undoubtedly the proposal is intended to be humorous and is a transparent attempt to “own” state Republicans, yet some contend it’s not a terrible idea—particularly for those irresponsible fathers who shirk their obligations to their children. But a good old-fashioned “shotgun wedding,” of the kind that worked so well in the old days, might do the trick without the need for invasive surgeries.

Dollens went on to reiterate his case on Twitter:

“‘Don’t tread on me but I’ll tread on thee’ is what I’m hearing from a lot of angry males who want government to control female reproductive rights but not theirs,” he wrote.

Mickey Dollens is a daydream believer if he thinks that odious piece of legislation stands a snowball’s chance in hell of passing in Oklahoma’s state House, and he even conceded the point in an MSNBC interview, acknowledging it was a “tongue-in-cheek” stunt.

“The party of so-called limited government and personal freedom has become the party of an intrusion,” Dollens said in the interview. “I’ll be on the record to say I don’t believe that government should regulate anyone’s reproductive system.”


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