US politician wants mandatory vasectomies for every boy when they hit puberty

An Oklahoma state representative wants a law passed to make vasectomies mandatory for young boys when they hit puberty.

Speaking before a floor of legislators, state rep. Mickey Dollens said on Thursday (May 19) that he is thinking about introducing the legislation next year.

Dollens made his comments while the state is gearing up to enact the most restrictive reproductive law in the country, outlawing abortion at fertilisation.

The 34-year-old said that the vasectomy would only be “reversible when they reach the point of financial and emotional stability".

"I would invite you to co-author a bill that I'm considering next year that would mandate that each male, when they reach puberty, get a mandatory vasectomy that's only reversible when they reach the point of financial and emotional stability," he told GOP lawmakers.

"If you think that's crazy then I think that maybe you understand how 50 percent of Oklahomans feel, as well," the Democrat added.

Dollens' remarks were made as the Oklahoma legislature debated HB 4327, a restrictive law that effectively bans abortion from the moment of " fertilisation." The legislature on Thursday passed the bill, and Gov. Kevin Stitt is expected to sign it into law.

If enforced, Oklahoma's law would be one of the strictest abortion restrictions in the country.

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The legislation comes as the Supreme Court weighs overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark case that legalised abortion in the United States.

Politico earlier this month published a draft Supreme Court opinion signalling a reversal of Roe v. Wade. In the draft, Associate Justice Samuel Alito characterised abortion as "egregiously wrong from the start."

Abortion will remain legal in the United States until the court hands down a final verdict, which could come as early as June.

But the leaked draft opinion was enough to put reproductive rights activists and doctors who perform abortions on high alert.

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