Oklahoma Rep. Submits Bill Requiring Father’s Consent for ‘Host’ Mother to Abort Their Baby

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — A Republican lawmaker in Oklahoma has proposed a bill that would require fathers to provide written consent for the mother of their child—who he refers to as the “host” of their baby—to obtain an abortion.

Rep. Justin Humphrey, R-Albany, recently introduced H.B. 1441, which reads, “No abortion shall be performed in this state without the written informed consent of the father of the fetus.”

“A pregnant woman seeking to abort her pregnancy shall be required to provide, in writing, the identity of the father of the fetus to the physician who is to perform or induce the abortion,” the legislation mandates. “If the person identified as the father of the fetus challenges the fact that he is the father, such individual may demand that a paternity test be performed.”

The requirement does not apply if the father is deceased, if the woman is a victim of rape or incest, or in cases where a physician deems that the woman’s life is in danger.

The bill was advanced by the Oklahoma House Public Health Committee on Tuesday by a vote of 5-2.

“I believe one of the breakdowns in our society is that we have excluded the man out of all of these types of decisions,” Humphrey has stated of the measure, according to The Intercept.

“I understand that they feel like that is their body,” he said, referring to women who use the “my body, my choice” reasoning. “I feel like it is a separate—what I call them is, you’re a ‘host.’ And you know when you enter into a relationship you’re going to be that host, and so, if you pre-know that, then take all precautions and don’t get pregnant.”

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Humphrey opined that women need to be more responsible with their bodies and the consequences of engaging in reproductive activity.

“I’m like, hey, your body is your body and be responsible with it. 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,” he stated.

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Abortion advocacy groups have decried the measure, calling it “an affront to women’s autonomy and decision-making capacity.”

“This legislator’s fundamental misunderstanding of human anatomy as well as what birth control is and does is shocking,” Planned Parenthood Great Plains CEO Laura McQuade told The Washington Post. “It’s repugnant that we live in a world now that these types of comments are acceptable to say out loud.”

As previously reported, in an introductory lecture to his course on obstetrics in 1854, Philadelphia doctor Hugh Lennox Hodge lamented that even the mothers of his day were lacking of natural affection toward their own children and sought out means to kill them.

“They seem not to realize that the being within them is indeed animate, that is, in verity, a human being—body and spirit—that it is of importance, that its value is inestimable, having reference to this world and the next,” he said. “They act with as much indifference as if the living, intelligent, immortal existence lodged within their organs were of no more value than the bread eaten, or the common excretions of the system.”

“We can bear testimony that in some instances, the woman who has been well educated, who occupies high stations in society, whose influence over others is great, and whose character has not been impugned, will deliberately resort to any and every measure which may effectively destroy her unborn offspring,” Hodge sorrowed.

“[S]he recklessly and boldly adopts measures, however severe and dangerous, for the accomplishment of her unnatural, her guilty purpose … that she may be delivered of [a child] for which she has no desire, and whose birth and appearance she dreads.”


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  • RWH

    Why does Oklahoma keep on pushing bills that will be struck down by the courts?

    • Tangent002

      It’s Oklahoma. What else is there to do ?

      • RWH

        If they had done a bit of research, they would have discovered that others have tried this before, only to have the legislation struck down.

        • Tangent002

          I think a lot of pro-birthers are heartened by Trump’s promise of more conservative Justices on the SCOTUS. However, the tenor of the Circuit courts is not likely to shift much.

          • Amos Moses

            guess it was a good thing your mother was “pro-birther” when you came along …………

          • Ambulance Chaser

            You don’t know what our mothers believe. Mine was very much pro-choice and worked for Planned Parenthood.

          • Amos Moses

            guess it was a good thing your mother was “pro-birther” when you came along ………… also ………….. or else you would have only been a “clump of cells” in a bucket or garbage disposal or in a landfill somewhere ………

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Are you not listening to me?

          • Amos Moses

            YUP ….. sure did …. and as i said …… guess it was a good thing your mother was “pro-birther” when you came along ….. AS HER “CHOICE” ……. or else you would have only been a “clump of cells” in a bucket or garbage disposal or in a landfill somewhere ……… or does that idea ….. that she could have LITERALLY cut you out of her life …. BEFORE it began …… and you would have ended up as an Ambulance chasing “clump of cells” …………….

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Maybe I need to repeat this, since you’re having reading comprehension difficulties.

            My mother was NOT a “pro-birther.” She believed strongly in the right to an abortion, including the right NOT to have one.

          • Amos Moses

            “including the right NOT to have one”

            so again …. LUCKY for you she chose differently when you came along …………. YUPPPPP …..

          • Ambulance Chaser

            No, she didn’t. She was pro choice before, during, and after my birth. What are you not getting about this?

          • Amos Moses

            and again ….. LUCKY for you she CHOSE to be pro-birth that day ….. what you seem to not be getting …………. IS YOU ARE HERE ………… DUH !!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Ambulance Chaser

            You don’t seem to understand what the pro choice position is.

          • Amos Moses

            you do not seem to understand the CHOICE that WAS MADE ……….

    • Garden of Love

      Maybe they respect the voters and wish to resist the tyranny of judges. Not everyone is docile and cowardly in the face of liberalism.

      • RWH

        No, the smart ones realize that the bill doesn’t have a chance, and either their so-called constituencies don’t realize that a lot of money is going down the drain fighting this stuff, or their constituencies will be satisfied with the lame excuse that “they tried” but the evil activist judges are the boogyman .

        • Garden of Love

          Pro-lifers are not going away. You hate us and you think we’ll give up, but we won’t. Life is precious. Homosexuals can’t possibly understand that.

          • RWH

            Nobody expects the pro-lifers to go away, and there are homosexual organizations that are exclusively pro-life, so the issue isn’t about sexual orientation. The issue is about passing legislation that will immediately be struck down by the courts. Others have tried this, and their legislation was struck down. The problem with the pro-life movement is that they are not able to persuade those who aren’t already pro-life. As a result, they try to resort to coercion and force. When the pro-life movement passed legislation earlier this past year in Oklahoma, and Governor vetoed it. I noticed that the pro-lifers just simply walked away. They look like they’re pandering rather than working with conviction.

          • james blue

            What on earth do homosexuals have to do with it?

          • johndoe

            I don’t hate you. I just have a view that’s different than yours.

      • Ambulance Chaser

        “Resisting the tyranny of judges” is the same thing as “filing frivolous, hopeless lawsuits” or “passing laws that you know won’t survive a court challenge.”

        There are ways to reshape policy in this country. Why don’t Oklahoma legislators try some of them instead?

  • Mr Cleats

    In 38 states, causing the death of a fetus is a felony – unless, that is, you happen to be the mother of the fetus, or the hired abortionist. Strange, that the one person who should be fighting for the life of her own child is also allowed to kill it. Also strange that doctors, who are supposed to be in the business of healing, are licensed to kill.

    • Amos Moses

      007 ……..

    • LadyInChrist♥BlessedBeTheLord

      It seems that there are times where the most dangerous place for the unborn is in the womb.It should be the safest place.

  • TJ

    The fathers should be responsible in some way…after all they are half of the issue.

  • Gary Whiteman

    You gotta love the language of the pro-abortion types: “an affront to women’s autonomy and decision-making capacity.” Apparently they do not believe women are autonomous enough to make the decision to say “No!’ to a man. They always talk as if, by some mysterious process, the fetus just invaded the woman’s womb against her will.

    What happened to parents? They used to tell daughters, “If you sleep around, you can get pregnant.” Oh, and “Men will use you if you let them.” So now women actively encourage men to use them, and they call that “autonomy.” A woman who lets herself be used as an orifice by a man who feels nothing for her is not “autonomous,” she has dehumanized and objectified herself. Feminism sends men the message – “Use us! We like it!”

    • Ambulance Chaser

      “Apparently they do not believe women are autonomous enough to make the decision to say “No!’ to a man”

      No one believes that.

      “They always talk as if, by some mysterious process, the fetus just invaded the woman’s womb against her will.”

      No, no one ever says that.

      “What happened to parents? They used to tell daughters, “If you sleep around, you can get pregnant.” Oh, and “Men will use you if you let them.” ”

      I would hope they stopped saying that when they realized that slut shaming and preaching abstinence were actually increasing the rate of teen pregnancy. And depression, I might add.

      So now women actively encourage men to use them, and they call that “autonomy.” A woman who lets herself be used as an orifice by a man who feels nothing for her is not “autonomous,” she has dehumanized and objectified herself. Feminism sends men the message – “Use us! We like it!”

      No feminist says that.

      • Gary Whiteman

        That hideous yellow avatar and your silly little comments are such a bore. I click Block, and you’re gone. You know what you can do with your lefty cliches.

        • Ambulance Chaser

          Yes, I can continue asking them until I meet someone mature enough to discuss them like adults. Clearly, you’re not that person.

  • antifasciste

    Will the authoritarian sperm donors also be required to pitch in financially, and take a turn changing dirty nappies?