Oklahoma Lawmaker Wants Men To Approve Abortion, Calls Women 'Hosts'

Oklahoma House Bill 1441, the latest of many weird anti-abortion initiatives to be debated at the state level, says abortions could not be performed "without the written informed consent of the father of the fetus". 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. "For [Humphrey] to refer to women simply as hosts, hosts for a pregnancy, indicates that we as women do not have the ability or the responsibility to make decisions about our own body to the point that we will now have to have a man's permission to be able to seek an abortion if needed". Instead, a woman's body is merely a "host".

The legislation would require a woman seeking an abortion first to obtain written permission from her sexual partner.

I would say it's certainly a new low for Oklahoma.

The measure would not apply in cases of rape or incest or if the mother's life is in danger.

Rep. Humphrey recently told the Intercept that he wrote the bill because he wanted to make sure fathers have a say in the decision, adding that women's bodies are 'hosts'. This is, to my mind, a fruitless effort to shame and stigmatize women who are seeking abortion care and it is completely and unequivocally unconstitutional. But in an interview with The Intercept earlier this month, Humphrey said that men should be able to have a say over the fate of a fetus, and suggested that a woman has greater responsibility in a relationship for preventing pregnancy because she would be the "host".

Opponents of the Oklahoma bill, formally known as HB 1441, say it would violate the U.S. Constitution and not survive challenges in court. House Bill 1441 is "one of the most extreme anti-choice bills in the country", NARAL Pro-Choice America said, and demonstrates "the rise of the aggressively anti-choice ideology pushed by President [Donald] Trump, Vice President [Mike] Pence and their Republican allies across the country".

Also up for discussion in the hearing Tuesday is House Bill 1549, which would block women from aborting a fetus because of genetic abnormalities.

For the record, Oklahoma is second only to Louisiana when it comes to restrictions on abortion.

If passed, the law could block abortion access to women facing domestic violence or other abuse, noted the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR).

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