Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was the subject of criticism this weekend when he commented on a news story surrounding an Alabama Democrat’s bill that would “mandate every Alabama man to undergo a vasectomy within one month of his 50th birthday or the birth of his third biological child, whichever comes first.”
State Rep. Rolanda Hollis (D-Birmingham) put forth the bill in response to the fact that there’s “no restrictions on the reproductive rights of men” under existing state law.
“Yikes,” Cruz tweeted while sharing a link to the story. “A government big enough to give you everything is big enough to take everything…literally!”
But according to blogger and political activist Mellissa Ryan, Cruz’s commentary reveals a huge hypocrisy on his part.
Yes. Governments have no business controlling the reproductive systems of citizens. Glad you've finally come around on choice, Senator.
Also, congrats on an epic self-own.
— Melissa Ryan (@MelissaRyan) February 16, 2020
“Yes. Governments have no business controlling the reproductive systems of citizens,” Ryan wrote, replying to Cruz’s tweet. “Glad you’ve finally come around on choice, Senator. Also, congrats on an epic self-own.”
Others piled on as well:
Wow how awful that the government is trying to interfere with bodily autonomy! What’s that feel like?
— Brooke Binkowski (@brooklynmarie) February 16, 2020
Thought you wanted to stop unwanted pregnancies.
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) February 16, 2020
Oh you don’t like big government trying to regulate your body????
— Irishrygirl (@irishrygirl) February 16, 2020
So true Ted! The government has no right to interfere with our reproductive rights. Right?
— 🦅Mark Hartig🇺🇸 (@markhartig) February 16, 2020
Yes, the government shouldn’t be involved in private reproductive health choices, yes, that’s a great point you made, yes.
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) February 16, 2020
A bill involving a medical procedure which only applies to one gender? Governmental overreach!
— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) February 16, 2020
i thought you were opposed to abortions?? or is that just when you can control a woman?
— 🍷🐝 Brittany 🐝🍷 (@BrittanyEnd) February 16, 2020
It’s outrageous to have government involved in these personal reproductive decisions! So glad you are pro-choice, Ted!
— Fred Wellman (@FPWellman) February 16, 2020