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Bill proposes $100 fine for men who masturbate

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Posted at 2:03 PM, Mar 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-13 17:05:29-04
(KGTV) -- A Texas lawmaker is looking to regulate men's health and safety by making masturbation a civil offense carrying a $100 fine.
 
State Rep. Jessica Farrar, (D-Houston), says that while the is bill satire, "there is nothing funny about current health care restrictions for women and the very real legislation" introduced by men trying to legislate women's heath care.
 
"Women are not laughing at state-imposed regulations and obstacles that interfere with their ability to legally access safe healthcare, and subject them to fake science and medically unnecessary procedures," Farrar says in a Facebook post.
 
Farrar's proposal claims to ensure men's health through regulated "abstinent sexual relations or occasional masturbatory emissions inside health care and medical facilities."  Anyone caught breaking the rules will receive a $100 fine.
 
Excerpt from proposed bill:
(a) Emissions outside of a woman's vagina, or created outside of a health or medical facility, will be charged a $100 civil penalty for each emission, and will be considered an act against an unborn child, and failing to preserve the sanctity of life.
 
Farrar's proposal, titled “A Man’s Right To Know,” takes a jab at Texas' state-mandated booklet, “A Woman’s Right to Know."  Since 2003, Texas has mandated that pregnant women be provided the booklet when mulling an abortion, that in part warns that women who terminate pregnancies can become suicidal and infertile.
 
HB 4260 also imposes a 24-hour waiting period on vasectomies, colonoscopies and Viagra prescriptions along with the “medically unnecessary” rectal exams. 
 
Farrar told the Texas Tribune that she hopes the satirical bill will make people stop and think more critically about women's health care.
 
“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.”
 
Meanwhile, state GOP leaders are blasting Farrar drawing parallels between male health and abortion.
 
“I’m embarrassed for Representative Farrar,” Rep. Tony Tinderholt, from Arlington, told the Tribune. “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.”
 
In a tweet, Farrar said her bill is modeled after the GOP's plan.
 
”Texans deserve to be treated with the same amount of respect when making healthcare decisions, regardless of their gender,” Farrar wrote on Facebook.
 
The Associated Press contributed to this report.