20 July 2009

Holy Patriarchy, Batman!

Some jackass in Ohio is trying to make women obtain written permission from the biological father before they will be "allowed" to get an abortion. Rep. John Adams (R) obviously believes women are incapable of making decisions for themselves.

Columbus, OH (LifeNews.com) -- 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.

I'm not sure what to say about this, except that the wingers/pro-birthers seem to be stepping up their assault on women and reproductive rights. I think their plan is to chip slowly away until at last there is nothing left. Perhaps they should try to undo some of the damage the last 8 years has done to young women in terms of failed abstinence only education--teens are having sex at similar rates to 10 years ago, but un surprisingly, are getting pregnant more often.

Gee--I wonder why?

I also heard a right-wing radio asshole today railing about how the health care reform bill would create "a culture of death" since publicly run plans would cover reproductive services including abortion. Culture of death? What the fuck? What do you assholes promote, with your wars, your murder of abortion providers, your ubiquitous gun ownership? Go fuck yourselves.

P.S. about the Ohio bill, jerkface John Adams told the newspaper that, in cases when the mother does not know the identity of the father, the abortion would be prohibited. Nice touch. Not only can't you have an abortion, but we're punishing you for being a slut.

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