Not one to be left in the cold, Alaska has jumped on the mandatory ultrasound bandwagon too.
But maybe it’s because these laws are becoming so routine conservative lawmakers feel the only way they can get headlines, and therefore campaign contributions, is to make each new proposal more outrageous than the last. That would explain State Rep. Alan Dick’s (R) suggestion that women should have to get permission from whomever impregnated them before terminating a pregnancy.
Dick would advocate for criminalizing women who had an abortion without such permission. “If I thought that the man’s signature was required in order for a woman to have an abortion, I’d have a little more peace about it.”
As Robin Marty reports, Ohio already tried such a move in 2009. That “paternal consent” bill would have required women 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. Any woman who lied about the identity of a potential father or doctors who aborted without permission from the father would be prosecuted.
How long till we see a movement toward paternal consent in D.C. I wonder?
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