Oklahoma Bill Could Require Women to GetFather’s permission Before Abortion

THRICIA SAINTIL / NEWS TEAM

The Oklahoma House Public Health Committee on Tuesday advanced a bill that would require women to get written consent from the father of their child before they can get an abortion—a measure that faces widespread criticism after its author, state Rep. Justin Humphrey, referred to pregnant women as “hosts” and said their bodies don’t belong to them.

According to the Associated Press, at least 11 anti-abortion bills have been proposed in Oklahoma this session, including one that categorizes the procedure as first-degree murder, but it is not likely many of those will reach the governor’s desk.

The state House Public Health Committee voted 5-2 in favor of the bill where it will now proceed to the full House.

This particular bill would allow men to demand a paternity test before the procedure could be carried out, but does make exceptions for women in cases of rape, incest, or if the woman’s life being in danger.

Oklahoma already has some of the toughest abortion regulations in the United States. Women seeking abortions in Oklahoma must undergo a 72-hour waiting period and counseling on a perceived link between abortion and breast cancer.

This committee also approved a measure bans abortions because of a diagnosis of a fetal abnormality or Down syndrome.

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