Joy Behar suggests vasectomies for Alabama lawmakers that voted for abortion restriction

"The View" co-host Joy BeharJosephine (Joy) Victoria BeharThe Hill's Morning Report - 2020 jitters hit both parties in the Senate Meghan McCain: 'Big difference between the Hanoi Hilton' and border facilities Joy Behar to Buttigieg: 'Do your job first' as mayor before running for president MORE on Wednesday suggested that the male Alabama state senators who voted for a bill to ban nearly all abortions should be required to get a vasectomy. 

"Can we look at a picture of the panel of men who did this?" Behar asked on the ABC program as an image of 25 white men who voted for the restrictive legislation was displayed. "There it is. Gee what do they have in common. They're all men, all white guys."

"Maybe they should all be required to get a vasectomy, that group in particular," Behar added to cheers from the audience. 

The comments came as a panel on "The View" discussed the implications of a controversial bill, which passed the Alabama Senate in a 25-6 vote on Tuesday night. The measure calls for banning abortions in virtually all instances, including for victims of rape and incest. 

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If the bill is signed by the state's Republican governor, abortion would only be legal if it would save a woman's life. Abortion providers could face as much as 99 years in prison. 

State Rep. Terri Collins (R), who sponsored the bill, has said that she hopes the legislation will force higher courts to revisit Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that said a woman had a constitutional right to an abortion. 

But Democrats and activists have denounced the legislation as unnecessarily cruel. Some have also criticized the bill by pointing out the gender and race of those who voted for it. 

"These 25 men, who will never be pregnant, just legislated more rights to rapists than to women, girls & victims of rape/incest," Nahanni Fontaine, who serves as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba in Canada, tweeted. "This is some backwards, archaic, intentionally repressive crap."