Missouri State Rep: Abortion Should Require Father's Consent

| by Edward Arnold
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A Missouri lawmaker has proposed a bill that requires any women seeking an abortion to get consent from the father of the unborn baby.

State Rep. Rick Brattin filed the bill on December 3rd for next year's legislative session.

The text reads:

“No abortion shall be performed or induced unless and until the father of the of the unborn child provides written, notarized consent to the abortion, except in cases in which the woman upon whom the abortion is to be performed or induced was the victim of rape or incest and the pregnancy resulted from the rape or incest. If the father of the unborn child is deceased, the woman upon whom the abortion is to be performed or induced shall sign a notarized affidavit attesting to the fact.”

A previous supreme court case from 1992, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, already struck down requirements that a women had to notify her spouse before receiving an abortion.

The bill provides an exception for women that have been raped, but it has to be legitimate.

"Just like any rape, you have to report it, and you have to prove it," Brattin said in an interview with Mother Jones. "So you couldn't just go and say, 'Oh yeah, I was raped' and get an abortion. It has to be a legitimate rape.”

Brattin, a Republican, seems to have forgotten the psychological trauma that women go through after having been raped. A woman's right to choose does not mean they have to go through loopholes of consent forms and rape exceptions.

Brattin wants to uphold the right of the fathers who might see their child aborted without their knowledge.

When asked about abusive relationships, Rep. Brattin does not think that factors into the decision.

“What does that have to do with the child's life? Just because it was an abusive relationship, does that mean the child should die?"

MSNBC reports that Missouri already has harsh abortion policies, including a 72 hour wait period between the initial consultation and the procedure.

If his bill passes in Congress, there will most certainly be another fight from abortion rights activists in the Supreme Court. 

Source: Mother JonesMSNBC / Photo Credit: The Nation, Show Me Progress