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RIP Texas: Anti-Masturbation Legislation Moves Forward

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Rep. Jessica Farrar introduced the bill to mock an anti-abortion bill.

A proposed bill in Texas that would impose a $100 fine for male masturbation — aimed at mocking abortion-blocking laws — is making its way through the state’s legislature.

The proposed law has been moved to the Texas State Affairs Committee.

State Rep. Jessica Farrar (D-Houston) introduced the bill — called the “Men’s Right to Know Act” — in response to past legislation targeting women who get an abortion.


The law, introduced last month and forwarded to the committee Tuesday, calls for “civil penalty for unregulated masturbatory emissions” that are “outside of a woman’s vagina (or) medical facility.”

Any man who does so faces a $100 fine because the act is “considered an act against an unborn child, and failing to preserve the sanctity of life.”

The money will be used to cover children under the care of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, according to the bill.

Farrar previously told the Houston that while the law might sound like a joke, her goal was to highlight a bigger issue.

“A lot of people find the bill funny,” she told the newspaper. “What’s not funny are the obstacles that Texas women face every day, that were placed there by legislatures making it very difficult for them to access health care.”

She’s referring to an earlier law requiring doctors to hand out a booklet dubbed “A Woman’s Right To Know,” which details the life of a fetus, to those seeking an abortion.

Her law would require the state to create and distribute a booklet called “A Man’s Right to Know,” which would be distributed to men on the pros and cons of vasectomies, Viagara prescriptions and colonoscopies.

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