Hillary Clinton Approves of Satirical Texas Masturbation Bill

Hillary Clinton
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Hillary Clinton has given her stamp of approval on the proposed bill that would fine men $100 for masturbating. Introduced in Texas, the Man's Right to Know Act, as it's commonly known, would make it so men could only masturbate under supervision and inside approved medical facilities. 

"The bill may be satirical, but the message sure resonated," Clinton told guests at a luncheon for Annie's List, though the polarizing bill may not be "satirical" for long, having made it past the first phase to becoming legislation after its reading last week in the House of Representatives. 

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The former First Lady continued, "When you seriously try to kick millions of women and families off their health insurance—when you believe it would be the right thing to do for your political base to defund Planned Parenthood even though the majority of America disagrees with you, that is not empowering women, that is just meanness, that is cruelty," she said to the downtown Houston audience. 

Representative Jessica Farrar first introduced the Mans Right to Know Act as a response to contemporary debates surrounding women's reproductive health. The bill offered satirical commentary about how male politicians under Trump's administration feel it's their right to make decisions about women's bodies, abortion rights and use of contraceptives. 

"Unregulated masturbatory emissions outside of a woman’s vagina, or created outside of a health or medical facility, will be charged a $100 civil penalty for each emission, and will be considered an act against an unborn child, and failing to preserve the sanctity of life," the bill reads, also forcing men to have a rectal exam before they can be prescribed Viagra or recieve a vasectomy. 

"A lot of people find the bill funny," Farrar told the Houston Chronicle. "What’s not funny are the obstacles that Texas women face every day, that were placed there by legislatures making it very difficult for them to access healthcare."

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