Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Ohio lawmakers pushing for forced births

You have GOT to be kidding me with this one.

Today, Ohio Rep. John Adams (pictured) introduced legislation, co-sponsored by 15 other legislators, that would require a woman who wants an abortion to get permission from the man who got her pregnant before she can actually get the abortion.

I don't need to explain how this amounts to forcing women to have children, right? Cause see, if the father says no, then apparently the woman has to have the child. Beyond forced childbirth, this would effectively and instantly render women second-class citizens, because what a man decides for not just her body, but her life, is what has to be carried out under law.


(On the flip side, if a man wants a a woman to get an abortion, would she have to?)

I am beyond appalled by this, and I hope everyone in the state of Ohio (which is where I live, yipee) is, too.

Here is the entire bill; it does "allow" exceptions for rape, incest, and emergency medical issues. But that's it. And if you don't know who the father is, too bad. The "first offense" would be a first-degree misdemeanor.

H. B. No. 252

Representative Adams, J.
Cosponsors: Representatives Jordan, Huffman, Blessing, Morgan, Martin, Maag, Wagner, Hall, Wachtmann, Combs, McClain, Derickson, Goodwin, Winburn, Uecker

A BILL
To enact section 2919.124 of the Revised Code relative to requiring paternal consent before an abortion may be performed.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF OHIO:
Section 1. That section 2919.124 of the Revised Code be enacted to read as follows:
Sec. 2919.124. (A) As used in this section, "viable" has the same meaning as in section 2901.01 of the Revised Code.
(B)(1) When the fetus that is the subject of the procedure is viable, no person shall perform or induce an abortion on a pregnant woman without the written informed consent of the father of the fetus.
(2) When the fetus that is the subject of the procedure is not viable, no person shall perform or induce an abortion on a pregnant woman without the written informed consent of the father of the fetus.
(C)(1) A pregnant woman seeking to abort her pregnancy shall provide, in writing, the identity of the father of the fetus to the person who is to perform or induce the abortion.
(2) No pregnant woman seeking to abort her pregnancy shall fail to comply with division (B)(1) of this section.
(3) No pregnant woman seeking to abort her pregnancy shall provide to the person who is to perform or induce the abortion the identity of a man as the father of the fetus if the man is not the father of the fetus.
(D) No man shall give a consent pursuant to division (B)(1) or (2) of this section as the father of the fetus if the man knows that he is not the father of the fetus.
(E) No person shall cause a man to believe that the man is the father of a fetus for the purpose of obtaining the consent required by division (B)(1) or (2) of this section, if the person knows that the man is not the father of the fetus.
(F) If, pursuant to division (C)(1) of this section, the pregnant woman identifies two or more men as possible fathers of the fetus, the person who is to perform or induce the abortion shall perform a paternity test, or cause a paternity test to be performed, to determine the father of the fetus prior to accepting any consent required under division (B)(1) or (2) of this section and prior to performing or inducing an abortion of the pregnant woman's pregnancy. No person shall perform or induce an abortion in violation of this division.
(G) It is not a defense to a violation of division (B)(1) or (2) or (C)(2) of this section that the woman does not know the identity of the father of the fetus.
(H)(1) Divisions (B)(1) and (2) of this section do not apply if the pregnant woman provides to the person who is to perform or induce the abortion either of the following:
(a) A copy of a police report or a complaint, indictment, information, or other court document that gives the person who is to perform or induce the abortion reasonable cause to believe that the woman became pregnant as the result of rape or incest.
(b) A copy of a paternity test that gives the person who is to perform or induce the abortion reasonable cause to believe that the woman became pregnant as the result of incest.
(2) This section does not apply if the abortion is necessary, in appropriate medical judgment, to preserve the life or the physical health of the pregnant woman.
(3) Divisions (B)(1) and (2) of this section do not apply if the father of the fetus is deceased at the time of the abortion.
(I) The written consent required under division (B)(1) or (2) of this section, the written identification required in division (C)(1) of this section, and the results of a paternity test performed pursuant to division (F) of this section are confidential, are not public records under section 149.43 of the Revised Code, and shall be viewed only by the pregnant woman, the man claiming to be or the man identified as being the father of the fetus, the person who is to perform or induce the abortion, any law enforcement officer investigating a violation of this section, and a court and jury in a criminal case involving an alleged violation of this section.
(J) Whoever violates this section is guilty of abortion fraud, a misdemeanor of the first degree. If the person previously has pleaded guilty to or has been convicted of a violation of this section, abortion fraud is a felony of the fifth degree.

So that we all know, here are the first and last names of the sponsor and co-sponsors of this bill, their party affiliation, their districts, phone numbers and e-mails, along with links to their Web pages:

Rep. John Adams, R-78
614-466-1507;
district78@ohr.state.oh.us

Rep. Kris Jordan, R-2
614-644-6711;
district02@ohr.state.oh.us

Rep. Matt Huffman, R-4
614-466-9624;
district04@ohr.state.oh.us

Rep. Louis Blessing, R-29
614-466-9091;
district29@ohr.state.oh.us

Rep. Seth Morgan, R-36
614-644-8051;
district36@ohr.state.oh.us

Rep. Jarrod Martin, R-70
614-644-6020;
district70@ohr.state.oh.us

Rep. Ron Maag, R-35
614-644-6023;
district35@ohr.state.oh.us

Rep. Jeff Wagner, R-81
614-466-1374; district81@ohr.state.oh.us

Rep. Dave Hall, R-97
614-466-2994;
district97@ohr.state.oh.us

Rep. Lynn Wachtmann, R-75
614-466-3760;
district75@ohr.state.oh.us

Rep. Courtney Eric Combs, R-54
614-644-6721;
district54@ohr.state.oh.us

Rep. Jeffrey McClain, R-82
614-644-6265;
district82@ohr.state.oh.us

Rep. Timothy Dickerson, R-52
614-644-5094;
district53@ohr.state.oh.us

Rep. Bruce Goodwin, R-74
614-644-5091;
district74@ohr.state.oh.us

Rep. Roland Winburn, D-40
614-466-2960;
district40@ohr.state.oh.us

Rep. Joe Uecker, R-66
614-466-8134;
district66@ohr.state.oh.us

You can also call 1-800-282-0253 to leave a message for any representative. If you live in Ohio and don't know who your representative is, you can look it up by zip code here.

In case anyone is counting, that is 16 men (15 white Republicans and 1 black Democrat) who think it should be law that women can't get an abortion without the permission of a man.

PLEASE tell them what you think about this horrible bill, and let me know if you do contact any of them, or any other Ohio legislators. I'll be keeping an eye on this bill to see if it goes anywhere.

More about this story at Think Progress, Pam's House Blend and Feminists for Choice.
And for a "different" take (i.e., wrong), try the Men's Rights Blog.

7 comments:

Razor said...
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Razor said...

Just another example of old, typically white Republican men wishing they could own women.

Matt Osborne said...

"Keep 'em barefoot an' pregnant, thassaway to keep 'em from gettin' uppity and joinin' the workforce."

Miss Unconventional, Latina Fatale said...

You have GOT to be kiddin' me.

Shawna718 said...

I cannot comprehend why any sane logical person would go along with any of this !

Bill said...

Umm, HELLO. It is about protecting the life of the unborn. Arn't you all glad that your Mom chose life you you.

RosieRed23 said...

Right, and the lives of women? Who cares! Group of cells > women. Heard it all before. If it were REALLY about protecting the "lives" of the "unborn," why wouldn't these lawmakers go further? After all, this bill would still allow abortions. So it's not "protecting" anything.

I am glad that my mom had a choice. Every woman should have a choice.

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