Oklahoma state legislator Rep. Justin Humphrey was sponsoring a draconian bill in 2017, HB 1441, that would require women to get written permission from their partners if they want to have an abortion. The new law would have required man’s approval for their partner’s abortion because, apparently, women are only “hosts”, and their pregnant bodies are not their own.
The Intercept reported that the legislation would have required a woman seeking an abortion to first obtain written permission from her partner, and it would also require her to provide his name to her doctor, and would also stall the procedure if the man wanted the opportunity to challenge paternity.
Rep. Humphrey told The Intercept that women are merely “hosts” when they’re pregnant. He said that even though he understands that women feel that it is their body, he feels like it is separate, and he calls them “hosts”.
He continued by saying that a woman’s body is her own, and she should be responsible for 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.” – he noted.
He also added that he believes one of the breakdowns in our society is that we have excluded the man out of all of these types of decisions.
Amanda Allen, senior state legislative counsel for the Center of Reproductive Rights said of the legislation that it’s certainly a new low for Oklahoma. She said that, to her mind, this is a fruitless effort to stigmatize and shame women who are seeking abortion care, and it is completely and unequivocally unconstitutional.
Allen is absolutely right, because if the legislation was passed into law, it would be unconstitutional, as the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a similar provision back in 1992.