Texas Lawmaker Jessica Farrar Supports Masturbation Fine 0

Her unlikely draft law has a simple aim, she says – to protect unborn children everywhere. Which is why it wants all “emissions outside of a woman’s vagina, or created outside of a health or medical facility” to carry a $100 (£81) fine. If a man made such an emission it would “be considered an act against an unborn child”. If it sounds like something out of a dystopian novel, that is because it is meant to.

‘If it’s good for the goose…’

Jessica Farrar, a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, submitted House Bill number 4260 last week. She knows it will never become law. Indeed, it is unlikely to make it far at all. But she argues it is no more extreme than the restrictions put on women by the state of Texas when it comes to choosing whether or not to end their pregnancy.

The last straw for her came with the most recent in a string of proposed bills, which she saw as chipping away at women’s rights. The latest wanted to force women to choose whether to bury or cremate the embryonic remains of either a miscarriage or abortion. During a hearing for the bill last August, state Senator Don Huffines said: “For far too long, Texas has allowed the most innocent among us to be thrown out with the daily waste.”

Ms Farrar decided to put a different spin on this belief.

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