Lawmaker Calls Pregnant Women 'Hosts,' Wants Men to Approve Abortions

-Oklahoma lawmakers on Tuesday will discuss a bill that, if passed, will require all women seeking an abortion to get written permission from the father of the fetus.

In an interview with Intercept, Representative Justin Humphrey gave a weird explanation to support his argument for the bill.

A lawmaker in Oklahoma, who wants men to approve all abortions, recently referred to a pregnant woman as a "host".

The bill would not apply to women who are victims of rape or incest, and it would not apply if a physician decides the fetus places the woman's life in danger.

In Oklahoma, abortion rights advocates breathed a big sigh of relief when a particularly draconian measure, requiring a woman seeking an abortion to get written approval from the man who impregnated her, was tabled last week.

Justin Humphrey prepares to speak before a Public Health Committee at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City on February 14, 2017.

Speaking to The Intercept, Humphrey tried to clarify his position behind his restrictive abortion bill: "I understand that they [women] feel like that is their body. But after you're irresponsible then don't claim, well, I can just go and do this with another body, when you're the host and you invited that in".

The bill's author, Rep. Justin Humphrey (R), could not be reached for comment Tuesday. The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice said the latter bill would be "cruel to families experiencing hard pregnancies", and, if passed, "removes options from families struggling with health issues of much-wanted pregnancies".

Despite the WTF nature of how it was said, the message is: When a woman becomes pregnant, she is no longer considered an autonomous individual, but instead a host to the fetus.

While he said his intent was not to offend anyone, Humphrey stood by his use of the term.

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a provision in a Pennsylvania law in 1992 that required a married woman to tell her husband of her intention to get an abortion prior to the medical procedure.

NARAL Pro-Choice America, an abortion rights organization, says House Bill 1441 is "one of the most extreme anti-choice bills in the country" and calls it another example of "the rise of the aggressively anti-choice ideology pushed by President [Donald] Trump, Vice President [Mike] Pence and their Republican allies across the country". Instead, a woman's body is merely a "host".


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