Holy Hormones Journal: Ask permission to get an abortion? Have a ‘legitimate’ rape to be able to access an abortion? What is this dude thinking? If this is not the furthest backlash to feminism and women’s rights – I do not know what is. The bill is despicable and is so anti-woman – this man should be booted out of office. Women’s bodies are medicalized and our choices for birth control and for the right (and we did fight hard for that right) are in the hands of politicians.
We cannot let this happen. Not in Missouri – not anywhere.
This issue is not about abortion – it is all about women’s rights.
Proposed Bill Would Require Women To Ask Men’s Permission To Have An Abortion
The Huffington Post
December 17, 2014
by Laura Basssett
A bill proposed by a Republican state lawmaker in Missouri would require a woman seeking an abortion to obtain notarized consent from the baby’s father, even if he is physically abusive toward her.
The bill’s sponsor, State Rep. Rick Brattin, told Mother Jones that while the bill has exceptions for rape victims and to protect the life of the mother, women in domestic violence situations are not exempt from having to ask the father’s permission. “What does that have to do with the child’s life?” Brattin said. “Just because it was an abusive relationship, does that mean the child should die?”
In explaining the bill to Mother Jones, Brattin channeled Todd Akin, the former Republican congressman from Missouri who, during a failed 2012 Senate bid, said that women who are victims of “legitimate rape” have mechanisms in their bodies that prevent them from getting pregnant. Brattin said his bill would require a woman to be able to prove that a “legitimate rape” happened in order to avoid having to ask for a man’s consent for the abortion.
“Just like any rape, you have to report it, and you have to prove it,” said Brattin. “So you couldn’t just go and say, ‘Oh yeah, I was raped,’ and get an abortion. It has to be a legitimate rape.”