Reproductive wrongs

Anti-abortion lawmaker says pregnant women are ‘hosts’ for unborn babies

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On Tuesday, the Oklahoma state legislature will hold a hearing for a bill that would require women to receive written consent from their sexual partner before undergoing an abortion. Bill HB 1441, as Jezebel points out, is unconstitutional. But its sponsor, Rep. Justin Humphrey, defended the proposed legislation, saying that once women become pregnant, their bodies don’t belong to them anymore. And no, we’re not paraphrasing.

“I understand that they feel like that is their body,” Humphrey said in an interview with the Intercept. “I feel like it is a separate — what I call them is, is you’re a ‘host.’ And you know when you enter into a relationship you’re going to be that host and so, you know, if you pre-know that then take all precautions and don’t get pregnant. So that’s where I’m at. 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.”

That’s right, “hosts.” Because pregnant women are basically akin to the unfortunate victims of parasites and Chestbursters.

Though Oklahoma has passed some of the strictest anti-abortion laws in the country, Bill HB 1441 was tabled without comment when it first came to the House Public Health Committee on February 8. A second anti-abortion bill, HB 1549, was also blocked earlier this month; it sought to prohibit women from aborting fetuses that have — or are suspected of having — genetic abnormalities. According to The Intercept, lawmakers were concerned that the bills would be confronted by successful legal challenges, and thus become a fiscal burden on the state.

But both pieces of legislation have re-emerged, and will be considered at the hearing on Tuesday. Bill HB 1549 has been amended to only ban abortions based on genetic abnormality if a fetus has passed the point of viability outside the womb.

And as for Bill HB 1441? In an interview with The Intercept, Amanda Allen, senior state legislative counsel for the Center for Reproductive Rights, called the proposed legislation “a new low for Oklahoma.”

Read the full story at The Intercept.



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