Alaska is, apparently, itching to be among the growing number of states in which the GOP is proposing or already requires that women undergo invasive, expensive, medically-unnecessary forced ultrasounds before obtaining an abortion. But one state GOP representative, apparently itching for a grand entry into the ol’ boys misogyny club in the lower 49, suggests women should have to get permission from whomever impregnated them if they wanted to terminate the pregnancy.
Via The Mudflats:
[I]f you’re not fully convinced yet that Alaska is the next front in the GOP’s war on women, you just have to listen to State Rep. Alan Dick. He said that he doesn’t believe that when a woman is pregnant, it’s really “her pregnancy.” As a matter of fact, he would advocate for criminalizing women who have an abortion without the permission via written signature from the man who impregnated her. He stated, “If I thought that the man’s signature was required… required, in order for a woman to have an abortion, I’d have a little more peace about it…” He didn’t say whether a rapist would be able to send his signature by fax from prison, or not. But he’ll have “peace” and women will require a permission slip for their own bodies.
Think it couldn’t happen? Ohio tried it in 2009.
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Other victories include shooting down some more outrageous roadblock bills such as the “paternal consent” bill introduced by State Rep. John Adams, R-Sidney. The bill, which gained little traction in the legislature, would have required women to obtain permission from the biological father before having an abortion, and, in cases of more than one partner, the woman must provide a full list of men with whom she had sex. Women who lied about the identify of the potential father or doctors who aborted without permission from the father would be prosecuted.
The bill was shot down as too extreme. Then again, once upon a time not allowing exceptions for rape and incest victims was considered “too extreme” too, and now it’s becoming the norm.