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Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston, foreground, speaks during a news conference Monday, April 16, 2007, in Austin, Texas. Several Democratic lawmakers, including Rep. Ellen Cohen, D-Bellaire, left, called for greater state oversight of crisis state pregnancy centers and penalties for centers that give women deceptive or misleading information.  (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)

This Texas lawmaker wants to fine men $100 for masturbating. Here's why.

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Texas Rep. Jessica Farrar proposed a law that roughly half the population will probably not support.

On Friday, she filed a bill that would make male masturbation illegal, slapping on a $100 fine. Those convicted of pleasuring themselves would also have to read a booklet with information about the benefits of getting a vasectomy, Viagra prescription or colonoscopy. And doctors could refuse to prescribe Viagra due to religious beliefs.

Yes, it's satire. And Farrar knows it.

What I would like to see is this make people stop and think. Maybe my colleagues aren't capable of that...
Texas Rep. Jessica Farrar

Farrar said she aims to point to Texas' restrictive abortion laws. Conservative lawmakers call abortion restrictions a defense of the sanctity of life. Farrar argues jokingly that masturbation wastes semen that can be used for creating more life, so it poses a similar ethical dilemma.

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FILE - In this July 13, 2013 file photo, abortion rights advocates, left, protest in the State Capitol as anti-abortion rights supporters pass them in Austin, Texas. A coalition of national advocacy groups sued Texas on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, seeking to block Texas' soon-to-be-implemented rules mandating the burial or cremation of fetal remains. The lawsuit filed Monday by the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights is the latest legal battle in a state whose tough anti-abortion laws were already largely voided this summer by the U.S. Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Tamir Kalifa File)

The bill also takes aim at Texas' 24-hour waiting period for abortions, proposing the same restriction on vasectomies and Viagra prescriptions. It even deliberately proposes unnecessary medical examinations. 

Her attempt to compare [the bill] to the abortion issue shows a lack of basic understanding of human biology.
Rep. Tony Tinderholt

Her colleagues in the state House of Representatives aren't exactly thrilled. Rep. Tony Tinderholt, a Republican, said he was "embarrassed" for Farrar. 

What do you think of Farrar's satirical law?

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