I give you Missouri state rep Rick Brattin (Guess what party) proposing a bill with the following language:
“No abortion shall be performed or induced unless and until the father of the unborn child provides written, notarized consent to the abortion.”
Cause women? Fuck ’em. Amirite?
There is an exception for rape, which I guess is nice. I mean, sure, the law lets an ex-boyfriend force a woman to carry a child to term out of spite if he so desires, but at least it doesn’t give rapists the same power. Let’s see what Rep. Brattin has to say about the exception, keeping in mind that no Republican would ever use the term “legitimate rape” again after Todd Akin.
“Just like any rape, you have to report it, and you have to prove it,” Brattin tells Mother Jones. “So you couldn’t just go and say, ‘Oh yeah, I was raped’ and get an abortion. It has to be a legitimate rape.”
Seriously? How fucking stupid does a politician have to be to place the word “rape” following the word “legitimate” in any sentence that is not “Don’t worry team, I’m not stupid enough to say ‘legitimate rape.'”
I love it when people who have no chance of ever dealing with an unwanted pregnancy feel qualified to place restrictions on a woman’s right to control her own body. It is even better when the restriction in question is obtaining the consent of another individual who has no chance of ever becoming pregnant.
I’m not saying that having a uterus should be a requirement for an individual to regulate or restrict abortion, but….
Okay, maybe I am saying that.
I’m definitely saying that I have no right to say what a woman should do with her own reproductive system, no matter what my personal thoughts on abortion happen to be.