Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The inane extremism of the pro-life camp

Yeah, I'm pretty sure this isn't going to fly, but nonetheless I'm disgusted that it's even being discussed:

An Ohio lawmaker has re-introduced legislation that would include a father's rights in the abortion decision-making process. Under Roe v. Wade, fathers are left out of the equation when a woman considers whether or not to have an abortion that would end the life of their child.

Rep. John Adams, a Republican from Sidney, wants to change that and the legislation he introduced today, House Bill 252, would require the biological father's consent before an abortion can be done.

The bill would apply to any abortion and would require written consent before it can be done.

Adams told the Daily Reporter newspaper that abortion centers would "need to get consent from the biological father" before the abortion can proceed and he called the measure a "father's right bill" to protect the interest of fathers who are given no say in the abortion process.

He also said the bill provides for criminal penalties for women seeking abortions who do not obtain consent properly.

"Providing a false biological father would be a first-degree misdemeanor the first time, which means not more than six months and jail, and a maximum $1,000 fine," Adams said. "And on the second occasion, providing false information would be considered a fifth-degree felony."

Adams told the newspaper that, in cases when the mother does not know the identity of the father, the abortion would be prohibited.

"There needs to be responsibility for actions," Adams said. "As someone who is pro-life, this is also an attempt and a hope to keep the two people who have created that child together, and I suppose if you just go back to the simple beginning, there is merit to chastity, and to young men and women waiting until marriage."

Adams said the bill offers exceptions in cases of rape or incest or when the life of the mother is threatened by the pregnancy.

Yeah, so if this guy gets his way, women have to get permission from the sperm-donor in order to undergo a procedure that directly involves the woman. No. No no no. No fucking way. No man owns any woman's body simply because he squirted his sperm into her. No woman should have to get fucking permission from any man for anything, least of all this.

And the part about a woman being "prohibited" from getting an abortion if she doesn't know the father reads like "Too bad, slut; shoulda kept your damn legs shut." To which I respond with a resounding, FUCK YOU.

H/T Alas, a Blog


Lisa said...

Ugh. This law is pretty clearly just a way for conservative pro-lifers to force their views on everyone else (especially the stuff at the end about there being "a merit to chastity"). Acquiring the signature of the father could take a long time in some cases, probably so long that the abortion would no longer be feasible - which is probably what the writers of this law want. This is just what we need, a law that will make more women need late-term abortions. NOT.