I guess it isn’t bad enough that hundreds of hurdles already exist to prevent women from accessing reproductive health care, sex education, or a healthy sexuality free from unrealistic standards of purity. Republican lawmaker John Adams is re-introducing a bill in the state of Ohio that would require women seeking an abortion to obtain consent from the biological father. Apparently abortion isn’t all that bad as long as the ‘man’ approves of it.
I’ve said this time and time again. If men were the ones that got pregnant and had to carry a child for 9 months, abortion procedures would be safe, legal, accessible, and fully funded. This bill simply goes to prove that sentiment. It is a slippery slope decision that seeks to deny women autonomy and control over their own bodies. And here’s the kicker: if you don’t know who the father is, you will be denied abortion services. Because you know, those slutty sex demons should be punished for their lack of purity with a forced pregnancy. This is just ridiculous. It’s yet another mechanism for demonizing and isolating women who have sex. The message here is pretty damn clear, if you have sex and don’t know the father, pregnancy is your punishment. Is it just me, or is using a baby to punish a woman flat out un-ethical?
Need I remind everyone that men are not the one’s left responsible for dealing with pregnancy. Yes, many of them do, and others are some times held financially responsible via child support (funny how they can wish away their problems with money); but for the most part, they have the option of walking away free of any responsibility for their decisions. Many advocates of this legislation state that “it is a measure that would finally give men choice.” Ya, at the expense of a woman’s choice. Thats what bothers me more than anything. Republican supporters of this legislation are all about “choice” as long as it is a man making the decision. It just drives home the notion that women are not intelligent and capable of making informed decisions, particularly one’s about their own lives. Not to mention the fact that WOMEN ARE THE ONE’S WHO HAVE TO CARRY THE CHILD FOR 9 MONTHS! It is her body and her life that goes through unyielding amounts of change, and it should be her, and her alone, that determines whether or not to have a child.
“This extreme bill shows just how far some of our state legislators are willing to go to rally a far-right base that is frustrated with the pro-choice gains made in the last election,” said NARAL Pro-choice Ohio executive director Kellie Copeland. “It is completely out of touch with Ohio’s mainstream values. This measure is a clear attack on a woman’s freedom and privacy.”
Just to add flame to the fire, the bill also would require survivors of rape to provide a police report in order to obtain an abortion. Can you say re-victimization? I must have forgotten that women are untrustworthy and lie about being raped. Ridiculous, I know. Newsflash, women who are survivors of rape face incredible amounts of psychological truama, and forcing them to seek out a police report after already showing up to a clinic is torturous, in my opinion.
Do your part and get involved. If you are as outraged as I am about this proposed legislation, contact Republican John Adams, and let him know how you feel. Regardless of whether or not you are able to change his mind, at least let him know what a giant douchebag he is.
Andrew (AJ) is a vehement progressive, youth activist, and reproductive justice organizer. When he's not busy with the movement, you can usually find him dancing in the club or watching trashy reality tv.