Wednesday, July 22, 2009

In Ohio, men tell women whether or not to have an abortion

... or so a new law would have it.

Thanks to the every informative @JereKeys of (who will be leaving and I will be at a loss for good information sources once he is gone). I'm just going to quote straight from the story and not comment, because I think the Pam's House Blenders are doing a fine job:
Led by Rep. John Adams, a group of state legislators have submitted a bill that would give fathers of unborn children a final say in whether or not an abortion can take place.

It's a measure that, supporters say, would finally give fathers a choice.

"This is important because there are always two parents and fathers should have a say in the birth or the destruction of that child," said Adams, a Republican from Sidney. "I didn't bring it up to draw attention to myself or to be controversial. In most cases, when a child is born the father has financial responsibility for that child, so he should have a say."

As written, the bill would ban women from seeking an abortion without written consent from the father of the fetus. In cases where the identity of the father is unknown, women would be required to submit a list of possible fathers. The physician would be forced to conduct a paternity test from the provided list and then seek paternal permission to abort.

Claiming to not know the father's identity is not a viable excuse, according to the proposed legislation. Simply put: no father means no abortion.
I think there is a distinct sector of society that honestly believes that the only real people are those in long-term monogamous marriages, and that shotgun weddings are the answer to all of life's sexual problems.

So much for that whole sexual revolution, and woman's reproductive rights movement we had.


Jere Keys said...

To me, the most absurdly horrifying aspect of this proposed legislation is that a woman will be required to provide a police report if she claims the pregnancy is the product of incest or rape. If she cannot or has not filed charges against her rapist, she must obtain his written permission to have an abortion. Yeah, nothing can go wrong with THAT plan.

Quimbob said...

what totally blows me away about this bit of legislation is that, while it gives a guy a right, it demands no responsibility of him.
Having a kid is physically and financially draining. The guy just gets to decide and then provide no assistance ? After the kid is born he just goes his merry way without having to take the kid he demanded be born ?
This is just misogynist bullshit

Anonymous said...

Before folks get too worked up, understand that any legislator can introduce a bill. This is just some red meat for one legislator's pet group, and will get zero traction. Chillax.

Anonymous said...

This is going nowhere fast. The Dems won't vote for it, the governor won't sign it, and even if they did, the ACLU / Planned Parent / NARAL folks would get this knocked out in a court in minutes.

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