Ohio Law Would Take A Woman’s Decision Out of her Hands (and Put it in the Hands of a Rapist)25 July, 2009
There seems to be a great deal of ammunition showing up on the internet this week regarding the FoFers*. A law introduced in Ohio would take a women’s reproductive decision completely and totally out of her hands.
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.
He also said the bill provides for criminal penalties for women seeking abortions who do not obtain consent properly.
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.
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.
“There needs to be responsibility for actions,” Adams said. “As someone who is pro-life, this is also an attempt and a hope to keep the two people who have created that child together, and I suppose if you just go back to the simple beginning, there is merit to chastity, and to young men and women waiting until marriage.”
Responsibility. Well, obviously, if you are a Christian right-wing godbot, women cannot be responsible for their own bodies. They need a man to give them permission to be adults.
And forcing women to be wombs, not human beings (the Bible says so, after all), is all about making sure that they are chaste (otherwise, they are worthless, spoiled, dirty sluts). And if they refuse to be chaste, then they should be forced to have the child so that everyone knows just how bad they have been (oddly, the Christian right claims that a child is never a punishment, always a gift from god(s); yet they tend to use pregnancy as a punishment. Weird.).
So what happens if the child is the result of a rape?
“Providing a false biological father would be a first-degree misdemeanor the first time, which means not more than six months and jail, and a maximum $1,000 fine,” Adams said. “And on the second occasion, providing false information would be considered a fifth-degree felony.”
Adams told the newspaper that, in cases when the mother does not know the identity of the father, the abortion would be prohibited.
Well, she can’t legally claim another man (a helpful friend?) as the father without breaking the law. And, if she does not know who the father is, she is forced to have the baby.
And nowhere in the bill is anything that says that a father who refuses consent has take any financial responsibility for the child. He can tell the woman to bear his child, but doesn’t have to help with the finances?
And, of course, they want to defund any program which could help young adults and teenagers understand how their bodies work. Or how to prevent unwanted pregancies. Because that would just be wrong.
Again, the FoFers are all about power and the power: the power to punish and the political power.
*Foes of Fucking
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