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TX Democrat Proposes Male Masturbation Ban Because ... Abortion

In this April 2, 2009, file photo, Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston, speaks during a news conference in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck, File)

Texas lawmaker Jessica Farrar, a Democrat from Houston, has made a bizarre proposal. She seeks to fine men $100 for masturbating, among other tomfoolery, in a bill she recently put forward.

No, I am not making this crap up. Presumably, she intended to make some sort of statement on abortion. She really did this:

In proposing a fine for masturbation, Farrar says that if a man’s semen is not used to create a pregnancy, “then it’s a waste … because that semen can be used — and is to be used — for creating more human life.”

Farrar continued: “Men have to answer for their actions and so forth. So if there’s going to be an emission, it would have to be done in a hospital where the semen could be preserved for future pregnancies or it would be directly deposited into the vagina of a woman.”

HB 4260 also calls for informed consent for elective vasectomies, colonoscopy procedures and Viagra prescriptions. Consent is informed only if at least 24 hours have passed since a man’s initial health care consultation for the procedure or prescription. The bill would also require a rectal exam before administering an elective vasectomy or colonoscopy procedure, or prescribing Viagra — an exam that the bill acknowledges is medically unnecessary.

Oh, the stupidity.

A man’s semen isn’t equivalent to a fetus. “Sperm cell” is not a stage of life, exactly as a woman’s egg is not a stage of life. Unless Farrar adds to her proposal that women will be fined $100 for every period they have — after all, an egg can be harvested and preserved just as sperm can be — then she’s failing on every level to make a coherent point, although she wouldn’t be anywhere close yet.

The pro-life, science-based argument is that life begins at conception. Everyone knows this.

Additionally, arguing that colonoscopies(?) are equivalent to abortions is asinine. It’s a medical screening procedure that a large number of women undergo each year. And informed consent is already necessary for a colonoscopy — can you imagine cramming a camera up someone’s rectum without it? No, let’s pretend that a man getting an elective vasectomy or colonoscopy or taking Viagra is somehow taking a human life.

This woman is wasting taxpayer money and time to get a nice bit of applause from those who already agree with her and choose not to think terribly hard about the argument being presented.

Then again, a Democrat wasting time and money is hardly newsworthy.