Oh, look, Alabama, that paradise for people who revere the 17th century, wants to keep doctors’ hands off men’s genitalia. It’s a novel twist, but I suspect it’s just more of the same ol’ sanctimonious regulation of the naughty bits our puritanical politicians always push.
Alabama health care professionals could refuse to perform abortions or vasectomies under legislation sponsored by a Jefferson County lawmaker.
The Health Care Rights of Conscience Act, sponsored by Rep. Arnold Mooney, a Republican, allows health care professionals to refuse to perform abortions, sterilization, human cloning and human embryonic stem cell research that violate their conscience on religious or ethical grounds.
Although it would be nice to imagine some indignant old prude leaping to the defense of the vas deferens, it’s more likely this is all just a safe cover for more restrictions on women’s reproductive rights. They aren’t criminalizing vasectomies, they’re just saying you can’t be prosecuted for refusing to carry them out. Like you can’t be prosecuted for refusing to participate in a monster truck rally in your neighborhood, just like you can’t be prosecuted for denying a permit to a Planned Parenthood clinic in your neighborhood.
I’ll be more impressed when they deny doctors who perform vasectomies hospital rights, when they impose a 3-day waiting period on the operation, and when they make men who want to be sterilized sit through a long and condescending video and lecture about how adorable babies are, before they’ll let them get snipped.