U.S. Rep. Juandalyn Givan (D-Birmingham) announced that she will introduce a bill in the Alabama Legislature that would require fathers to choose between paying for a woman's abortion or undergoing a vasectomy.
According to the bill, a district judge could override the payment requirement if the father agrees to undergo a vasectomy.
“In recent years, state legislatures have passed laws that restrict reproductive rights in the state, with penalties imposed only on women. It's time to change that,” Jivan said. “The last time I looked in my biology textbook, it said it takes a woman and a man to make a baby. Men in Alabama need to have the same level of responsibility as women.”
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Givan's bill, House Bill 90, would specifically make changes to Alabama's abortion laws regarding rape and incest, as well as the mother's health. Currently, state law allows abortion only in cases of serious danger to the mother.
In 2020, another Alabama lawmaker, state Rep. Rolanda Hollis (D), introduced a similar bill that would allow men to have 1 year of age after they turn 50 or when their third biological child is born. He was required to undergo a vasectomy within a month.
In 1927, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that forced sterilization “for the protection and health of the nation” did not violate the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. A court has never overturned this decision.
Austin Shipley is a staff writer at Yellowhammer News.