Ohio State Rep John Adams has re-introduced legislation into the Ohio legislature that requires that the approval of a biological father must be obtained prior to a woman obtaining an abortion. There are exceptions of course which make sense, such as rape and incest and the life of mom. The bill also provides penalties for women who slay their fetus using a false or fictitious name.
This is big stuff that I foresee as having two major effects if passed.
One, it would drastically lower the rates of abortion, for it would require two to agree that the unborn child does not deserve the right to live. Given that men as a sex are much less enamored of feticide than are women, this would represent a huge number of lives saved.
Two, it would be a shift toward re-establish men's rights as rights worth respecting wrt reproduction. If it required the consent of two to make a life, it should require the consent of two to end one. Moreover, it would give men more of a legal stake in the life of their children, a stake that is denied them today by those who push for the woman to have absolute control over a child then blame men for not taking a more active interest in their child's well-being. It is time for children's issues to cease being a subset of women's issues and become society's concern.
While I strongly suspect that this legislation doesn't stand a snowball's chance of passing, as the abortionette lobby and others concerned with maintaining absolute female autonomy and minimal female accountability will be coming out full bore against it, I think it worthwhile to encourage the brave soul who introduced this legislation in the first place.
Here is my letter to Mr. Adams:
Hon. John Adams
77 S. High St
While I am not an Ohio resident, having lived only a short time in the Dayton area before moving away to a better employment market, I wanted to express my sincerest thanks for your introduction of House Bill 252 into the Ohio State Legislature.
If one is deeply concerned about the holocaust of abortion in our country, as I am, then this bill would go a long way toward saving the lives of many thousands upon thousands of the most vulnerable Ohioans. For no other reason alone, sir, you are to be commended.
Moreover, if one is concerned about the lopsided state of reproductive rights in this country, as I am, then this bill also represents an important step toward re-investing the weakest link the American family--the father--in the fate and destiny of his children. This bill appears to restore a degree of autonomy and authority to the father with respect to the welfare of his future child(ren). This authority and autonomy will accompany his responsibilities in an equation where he presently has next to none of the former two and nearly all of the latter. As a man, a husband, and a father of three young men, I thank you again for your heroic efforts.
I am certain that you will probably receive many angry and opprobrious messages in opposition to this piece of legislation. I urge you to ignore them and hold fast to the principles that led you to not only introduce but re-introduce this legislation.
Thank you again for your bravery sir. Keep the faith and keep fighting the good fight. I wish there were more brave fellows out there such as yourself.
I see with this bill from an enforcement angle. What to do with the cases where the woman can't or won't attempt to identify the father? What to do with the Sally Sob Story that gets on the telly and bitches about how unfair the patriarchy is to her for not letting her kill her unborn child when she is an admitted slut and has no idea who the father is? I think it would take a lot of political will to exact punishment on such a women when holding women accountable for their actions is anathema in our culture.
If you have a couple alka-seltzers on hand and want some free funnery, cruise on over to Feministing and see how those fine specimens of the female species are handling this bill. Amusing reading there, I promise, particularly when the lone XY chromo shows up in the comments to troll a bit and ruffle some feathers. Some mild blue language, so be forewarned.
Rep Adams can be reached at the following contact information. Please take the time to write in support, for I'm certain the fembots are working themselves into a froth over this one.
Phone: (614) 466-1507
Fax: (614) 719-3978
Serious hat tippage to Kim at Equal But Different.