Oklahoma House Bill Gives Fathers a New Role in Abortion Fight

This is an interesting, and needed advancement for fathers’ rights.

Oklahoma state Representative Justin Humphrey has introduced a measure that would require written consent of the fathers of unborn children before an abortion could be performed.

The name of the man responsible would also have to be disclosed, and while Humphrey admits it may not be constitutional, the bill was moved forward Tuesday by a state House committee.

“My bill would stop an abortion if a father does not agree to the abortion,” Humphrey told the state House Public Health Committee, according toThe Oklahoman.

“The thing that I wanted to spark in a debate is that fathers have a role. Exactly where that role is, I’m not sure,” he told reporters later.

Their role is to be the complementary agent to the mother’s role, Sir.

They provide for, nurture, give guidance and protection to their children.

Why is this a difficult concept?

The legislation does exempt abortions sought because of rape, a threat to the health of mothers, or incest, but research has shown that only a very small percentage seek abortions because of those reasons.

If you combine rape, incest, health of the mother and possible health of the baby as reasons for obtaining an abortion, the number is still less than 8 percent.

The vast majority of abortions are due to irresponsible sex practices, with an uncomfortable portion of that number being because the mother is angry at the father.

The state House committee also approved a measure to block abortions performed solely because a fetus is diagnosed with Down syndrome or another genetic condition.

The Oklahoma actions are part of a wave of new measures restricting abortion rights in state legislatures across the country.

While abortion advocates rage and wail, these states are setting in place commonsense restrictions to the abortion industry.

Texas legislators are hearing testimony on Wednesday on a bill that would ban so-called partial birth abortions, and on another that would ban what abortion opponents term “dismemberment” abortions. A third bill would tighten restrictions on how an aborted fetus would be disposed of.

In South Dakota, the state House this week passed a measure increasing penalties on abortions performed after 19 weeks of pregnancy.

The Arkansas state House on Tuesday passed a measure banning abortions on the basis of a fetus’ sex. And in Florida, legislators are working on a bill to allow patients who have had abortions to sue physicians for physical or emotional damage up to 10 years after the procedure took place.

Pennsylvania’s state Senate passed a measure early Wednesday to block abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, though Gov. Tom Wolf (D) has said he will veto the measure if it makes it through the Republican-controlled state House.

Wyoming legislators are debating whether to make selling fetal tissue or cells a felony, and considering another measure requiring women seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound.

Note to Wyoming legislators: JUST. DO. IT.

The Guttmacher Institute has pointed out that in 18 states, 50 new restrictions on abortion have been enacted in the last year.

They also point out that the restrictions are coming, even as the reported cases of abortion in the U.S. seems to be on the decline.

Yes. This is a good thing, so let’s continue to push those numbers down, shall we?

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