A reader tipped us off to this story, about an Ohio State Representative, John Adams (a Republican), who has introduced a bill that would require women to get the consent of the father before having an abortion. Now, as Becky Sharper pointed out to me, this would not stand up to a court challenge, being that the Supreme Court has already ruled on this issue. Still, Adams has fifteen co-sponsors, people who think it’s totally ethical to require the following:
In the case where the father isn’t known, House Bill 252 would compel the woman to provide a list of names of people who may be the father in an effort to determine paternity. The bill also would make it a crime for women to lie about who the father is, and make it illegal for doctors to perform abortions without the father’s consent. The bill would force a woman to have a child if the father does not agree to an abortion.
The bill also stipulates that if a woman does not know or refuses to divulge who the father is, she still will not be able to exercise her right to choose. This is not the first time Adams has faced this legislation, and it’s not expected to pass this time either. Of course, it conveniently ignores the fact that abortion will still happen even if it is made illegal, just as it did for years before Roe v. Wade. This bill would, of course, mean that an abortion would be delayed while paternity is determined, hence potentially causing a woman to miss the cut-off period of when abortion is legal. A woman’s uterus should not be subject to the whims of Adams and his ilk, or to be held hostage by a man who has impregnated her. And our bodies should not up for grabs by those who see women as being subject to eminent domain.