Bill aims at male health to sat­i­rize abor­tion rules

Hous­ton Demo­crat says mea­sure mir­rors ac­tual Texas laws, pro­pos­als.

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Julie Chang jchang@states­man.com

A Demo­cratic law­maker has filed a bill that would, among many pro­vi­sions, put re­stric­tions on cer­tain health treat­ments for men and cre­ate a $100 fine for men who mas­tur­bate.

House Bill 4260, called the Man’s Right to Know Act, was filed Fri­day, the fil­ing dead­line for the leg­isla­tive ses­sion, and ap­pears to sat­i­rize cur­rent and pro­posed laws and reg­u­la­tions that have been crit­i­cized for re­strict­ing women’s ac­cess to abor­tions and health care choices.

The bill’s au­thor, state Rep. Jes­sica Far­rar of Hous­ton, who has been out­spo­ken against re­stric­tive abor­tion laws, said Satur­day on Twit­ter that the mea­sure “mir­rors real TX laws and health care re­stric­tions faced by TX women ev­ery #txlege ses­sion.”

The bill calls “mas­tur­ba­tory emis­sions” an “act against an un­born child, and fail­ing to pre­serve the sanc­tity of life.”

The bill con­tains pro­vi­sions that would also put re­stric­tions on va­sec­tomies, Vi­a­gra pre­scrip­tions and colono­scopies, in­clud­ing:

The state must cre­ate an in­for­ma­tional book­let called “A Man’s Right to Know” that con­tains in­for­ma­tion and il­lus­tra­tions on the ben­e­fits of and con­cerns about those three treat­ments. A man must re­view the book­let be­fore go­ing through with any of them.

A man must re­ceive a rec­tal exam and an MRI of his rec­tum be­fore any of the three treat­ments.

A man would not be able sue a doc­tor for re­fus­ing to pro­vide those treat­ments or an­other pro­ce­dure if the pro­ce­dure vi­o­lates the doc­tor’s “per­sonal, moral­is­tic, or re­li­gious be­liefs.”

A doc­tor must ob­tain con­sent from the man be­fore pro-

vid­ing the treat­ment, and the man may give it only if he waits at least 24 hours af­ter the doc­tor’s visit.

The state must es­tab­lish a registry of non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions and hos­pi­tals that pro­vide ab­sti­nence coun­sel­ing, a su­per­vis­ing physi­cian for “mas­tur­ba­tory emis­sions,” and se­men stor­age.

“Mas­tur­ba­tory emis­sions” must be stored for the wife for con­cep­tion.

State law re­quires that doc­tors dis­trib­ute to women con­sid­er­ing an abor­tion the “A Woman’s Right to Know” book­let, which con­tains il­lus­tra­tions of ges­ta­tional pe­ri­ods and the risks and side ef­fects of abor­tions.

Women also must wait 24 hours af­ter re­ceiv­ing the book­let and must un­dergo an ul­tra­sound be­fore the pro­ce­dure.

Abor­tion of a vi­able fe­tus can bring a penalty of at least five years in pri­son.

In late June, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Texas reg­u­la­tions re­quir­ing that abor­tions be per­formed in hos­pi­tal-like sur­gi­cal cen­ters and that doc­tors have ad­mit­ting priv­i­leges in nearby hos­pi­tals. While the law was be­ing con­tested in court, 21 of the state’s 41 abor­tion clin­ics closed. As of Jan­uary, none had re­opened.

In late June, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Texas reg­u­la­tions re­quir­ing that abor­tions be per­formed in hos­pi­tal-like sur­gi­cal cen­ters.

Con­tact Julie Chang at 512-912-2565. Twit­ter: @juliechang1

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