Thursday, June 19, 2014

It's Not Often That I Agree with Amanda Marcotte...Man Agrees to Vasectomy in Plea Bargain

Marcotte wrote a column about the case of a man who agreed to a vasectomy as part of his plea bargain.

The offer stems from the fact that the culprit, Jesse Lee Herald, fathered 7-8 children with different women.

Contrary to what many abortion advocates think, I do believe in bodily autonomy.

I just don't think it gives one the right to kill one's child.

Now, I anticipate some people's reaction: What's he worried about? He gets to screw around without having kids. It's win-win.

True enough. He might be giddy that he "got off" with this provision.

But I don't think the state has a right to ask someone to mutilate their own bodies.

Plus, people sometimes do repent and do change their lives. He's being deprived of his ability to have children.

He might be okay with this vasectomy.

But what's going to happen down the line?

Men who don't want vasectomies will be virtually forced to have them. The judge might make the offer: it's either jail or a vasectomy.

If you don't want to be apart from your woman, your kids, your freedom, you're going to take the vasectomy. Who wouldn't?

I can't believe this is legal. It shouldn't be.