Butterflies and Wheels has linked to this piece of legislation in the Ohio State Legislature. It seeks to make abortion illegal without the consent of the father of the fetus. There are exceptions for rape and incest, but only if the woman provides the name of the person who raped her. There’s also an exception where an abortion is needed to preserve the life or the health of the pregnant woman. Not knowing who the father is doesn’t provide an out from the law.
There’s no requirement for a man who refuses consent to support the woman through the pregnancy, or to support the child once it is born. He can just get his jollies, refuse consent, and waltz off into the sunset. Nice. And even if all this was provided for in the legislation, there’s no recognition that carrying an unwanted pregnancy is not a simple physical transaction.
Amazing. In the land of the free, it’s okay to propose constraining the freedom of women. Of course, we constrain freedoms all the time (although there are some serious risks involved in doing that). But this seems like a particularly one-sided transaction. This proposed legislation gives men a huge degree of control over women’s lives, without even adding any responsiblities, whatsoever.