Want an abortion? Get a note from a dude.

File this under paternalism-gone-amok: An Ohio bill would force women to get men’s permission before obtaining an abortion. Sound familiar? That’s because Rep. John Adams from Ohio tried this same thing a couple of years ago.

Rep. John Adams, a Republican from Sidney, wants to change that and the legislation he introduced today, House Bill 252, would require the biological father’s consent before an abortion can be done.
The bill would apply to any abortion and would require written consent before it can be done.

Like a note from your parents for school, except you’re an adult now (minus the rights and bodily autonomy). But here comes the kicker – and this part of the bill was around last time as well:

Adams told the newspaper that, in cases when the mother does not know the identity of the father, the abortion would be prohibited.

You know, because if you’re a slutty whorebag, you should be punished with a pregnancy you don’t want. No, seriously. Adams said, “[T]here is merit to chastity, and to young men and women waiting until marriage.”
And what about rape or incest? There are exceptions, but if this bill is the exact same one from 2007 – women would have to present a police report “proving” they had been raped before being able to procure an abortion.
So yeah, this bill is basically an all around fuck you to women.
Here is Rep. Adam’s contact information if you’d like to let him know what you think about his proposed legislation. I know I’ll certainly be writing.
To support pro-choice efforts in Ohio, check out NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio.

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