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RIGHT TO KNOW: Jessica Farrar proposes a bill for the men on reproductive issues.
  • RIGHT TO KNOW: Jessica Farrar proposes a bill for the men on reproductive issues.
Democrats in Texas enjoy the same low estate that Democrats enjoy in Arkansas, But at least one of them has a wicked sense of humor, which is sometimes a good weapon in legislative halls.

Have you heard of Democratic state Rep. Jessica Farrar of Houston? She finally had enough of menfolks' legislation to limit women's medical rights, particularly their ability to have an abortion. So she introduced a little ol' bill that reached a legislative committee Tuesday, the Men's Right to Know Act. It provides for men some of  the same, decidedly unfunny obstacles that have been put on women.

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

* The state must create a booklet called "A Man's Right to Know" that contains information on the benefits of and risks of vasectomies, Viagra prescriptions and colonoscopies. A man must review the booklet before getting the procedure.

* A doctor must get consent from the man before providing any of the treatments. The man may only get the treatment after waiting 24 hours and reviewing "A Man's Right to Know."

* A man will be fined $100 for "unregulated masturbatory emissions." The fines will benefit children in the care of the Department of Family and Protective Services.

* A man must receive a rectal exam and an MRI of his rectum before receiving treatments.

* A man can't sue a doctor for refusing to provide these treatments if the procedure violates the doctor's "personal, moralistic, or religious beliefs."

* 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 to use for conception at a later time.

The bill is a response to the current state law that requires doctor's give women considering an abortion the "A Woman's Right to Know" booklet, which Farrar refers to as a "guilt mechanism." 

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