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A Republican lawmaker in Oklahoma has proposed a bill that would require fathers to provide written consent for the mother of their child—who he refers to as the “host” of their baby—to obtain an abortion.
Rep. Justin Humphrey, R-Albany, recently introduced H.B. 1441, which reads, “No abortion shall be performed in this state without the written informed consent of the father of the fetus.”
“A pregnant woman seeking to abort her pregnancy shall be required to provide, in writing, the identity of the father of the fetus to the physician who is to perform or induce the abortion,” the legislation mandates. “If the person identified as the father of the fetus challenges the fact that he is the father, such individual may demand that a paternity test be performed.”The requirement does not apply if the father is deceased, if the woman is a victim of rape or incest, or in cases where a physician deems that the woman’s life is in danger.
The bill was advanced by the Oklahoma House Public Health Committee on Tuesday by a vote of 5-2.
“I believe one of the breakdowns in our society is that we have excluded the man out of all of these types of decisions,” Humphrey has stated of the measure, according to The Intercept.
“I understand that they feel like that is their body,” he said, referring to women who use the “my body, my choice” reasoning. “I feel like it is a separate—what I call them is, you’re a ‘host.’ And you know when you enter into a relationship you’re going to be that host, and so, if you pre-know that, then take all precautions and don’t get pregnant.”Humphrey opined that women need to be more responsible with their bodies and the consequences of engaging in reproductive activity.
“I’m like, hey, your body is your body and be responsible with it. But after you’re irresponsible then don’t claim, well, I can just go and do this with another body, when you’re the host and you invited that in,” he stated.