Phoenix, AZ Following their approval of increased restrictions on abortion, the Arizona Senate has passed legislation cracking down on men seeking vasectomies. SB2442 introduces a waiting period before a man can have a vasectomy and changes the definition of informed consent.
“Men can get vasectomies at will without thinking about the potential children they could father”, said Senator Nancy Barto, R-Phoenix. The bill requires all men seeking an abortion to provide a semen sample and be offered the chance to view their sperm under a microscope before undergoing the procedure. “Men need to realize that there are living sperm being denied a chance to fertilize and egg,” said Senator Al Melvin, R-Tucson. “When I first saw my sperm’s little tail wiggling, I knew I had to help him find an egg to fertilize”.
Senator Don Shooter, R-Yuma, proposed an amendment to stop doctors from selecting sperm to use for in vitro fertilization based on sex, gender, eye color, intelligence, athletic ability, attractiveness or “any other physical trait, including genetic disoders”.
“I believe in the sanctity of the sperm”, said Shooter. “Every sperm deserves an equal chance to fulfill its destiny and bring new life to the great state of Arizona. Ideally, every sperm produced by every man in Arizona would result in a new life”.
Senator Paula Aboud, D-Tucson, argued furiously against the measure to no avail. “The government is needlessly intruding in the relationship between a man and his doctor. It will result in more unplanned pregnancies and additional hardship on families in Arizona”.
The bill passed the Seante 21-10 and is expected to pass the House and be sent to Governor Jan Brewer next week.