In an effort to give men more responsibility in the procreation process, Oklahoma State Rep. Justin Humphrey introduced a new bill which would require approval from the father before an abortion can be performed.
The bill, HB 1441, which would require pregnant women seeking abortions to provide “written informed consent of the father of the fetus,” cleared the House Public Health Committee on Tuesday by a 5-2 vote, the Washington Times reported on Tuesday.
According to Humphrey, men who take responsibility for their children prior to birth may become more involved in the lives of the children.
“For me, they show up and they take part in creating the baby, and then they have no say-so for nine months,” Humphrey said, adding that the bill is not solely about abortion. “This is about making men responsible for their part in the birthing process and in the entire process. This is a bill that’s trying to bring fathers back into their role, and so that was the intent.”
There are exceptions in the bill for pregnancies which are the result of rape, incest, or wherein the mother’s life would be threatened. If the father is deceased, the law would also not apply.
H/T: The Washington Times
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