In Alabama, a bill was recently introduced which would require men over the age of 50 to receive a vasectomy.
The bill was clearly written to highlight the inequality in regulating people's bodies by pro-birth legislators and PACs.
Male legislators often find it acceptable to pass laws concerning what women can do with theirs, while laws restricting men's reproductive rights are virtually unheard of. In fact, while providing birth control to women is controversial, Viagra is covered by employers and insurers without question.
Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, seemingly oblivious to this fact, decried the bill on Twitter, where hundreds mocked him for his obvious hypocrisy.
Yikes. A government big enough to give you everything is big enough to take everything...literally! Alabama Democr… https://t.co/CvvP5jCtgQ— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz) 1581864374.0
Pretty much everyone online piled onto Cruz for his turnaround on the issue of reproductive rights.
@tedcruz Thought you wanted to stop unwanted pregnancies.— Patricia Arquette (@Patricia Arquette) 1581880045.0
@tedcruz Yikes. It’s almost like you’re uncomfortable with someone telling you what to do with your body and decidi… https://t.co/mqVxrAAOrb— Ida Skibenes ❄️ (@Ida Skibenes ❄️) 1581870037.0
@tedcruz It’s almost as if legislating people’s bodies is wrong.— Allison Floyd (@Allison Floyd) 1581923009.0
As soon as the law is aimed at men, it seems unjust to Cruz.
Women are a different story, however.
@tedcruz Yes. Governments have no business controlling the reproductive systems of citizens. Glad you've finally co… https://t.co/v490mt69V4— Melissa Ryan (@Melissa Ryan) 1581865091.0
@tedcruz Wow how awful that the government is trying to interfere with bodily autonomy! What’s that feel like?— Brooke Binkowski (@Brooke Binkowski) 1581865382.0
@tedcruz Oh you don’t like big government trying to regulate your body????— Irishrygirl (@Irishrygirl) 1581874098.0
If Cruz's real priority is stopping unwanted pregnancies, forced vasectomies are a great solution!
@tedcruz Yes, the government shouldn’t be involved in private reproductive health choices, yes, that’s a great point you made, yes.— Kevin M. Kruse (@Kevin M. Kruse) 1581882795.0
@tedcruz It’s outrageous to have government involved in these personal reproductive decisions! So glad you are pro-choice, Ted!— Fred Wellman (@Fred Wellman) 1581882299.0
@tedcruz A bill involving a medical procedure which only applies to one gender? Governmental overreach!— Pé Resists (@Pé Resists) 1581873583.0
Maybe government shouldn't extend into people's bodily autonomy?
@tedcruz She's parodying you and you're too obtuse to get it.— JRehling (@JRehling) 1581867392.0
@tedcruz @FranKirkley This bill was not meant to pass; it was introduced to demonstrate how wrong it is to restrict… https://t.co/RnvrhKpFBh— Ben Spielberg (@Ben Spielberg) 1581867391.0
The irony is palpable.
@vicenews @VICE https://t.co/rYkJHaH9fN— Beach, please.🏝☀️🍸 (@Beach, please.🏝☀️🍸) 1582042449.0
@HuffPost Hey if women have to do it then the men can too. They can make a lot more babies than a woman can— Mary🏴🇮🇪Sturino 🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊 (@Mary🏴🇮🇪Sturino 🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊) 1581989850.0
Hopefully now that his hypocrisy has been pointed out to him, Cruz can confront his outdated views and greet the future with open arms.
@HuffPost Oh , NOW he is against the government interfering in a person's reproductive rights.— The Mind Unguent (@The Mind Unguent) 1581989675.0
@HuffPost It’s about time men were put the position they’ve been putting women in for millenniums, How does it feel… https://t.co/r3SQnlL80K— SVS (@SVS) 1581991853.0
Ted Cruz—Canada's worst export—seems determined to continue annoying people from now until the end of time.