Missouri Pol Defends Bill Requiring Women To Get Permission Before Abortions
[su_right_ad]Missouri State Rep. Rick Brattin is defending his bill that would require a woman to get permission from the man who got her pregnant before she could get an abortion.
“It’s not a woman’s body with an abortion. It’s a child’s body.” Brattin told KHSB-TV. “It’s a child’s life that’s taken. The woman’s life is not altered.”
Brattin’s proposal, House Bill 131, states that no abortion can be performed in the state “unless and until the father of the unborn child provides written, notarized consent.”
It further allows for exemptions based on cases of incest, a deceased father — confirmed via “a notarized affidavit” — and rape. But Brattin originally said a woman must show that she has been the victim of “legitimate rape” before being allowed to invoke the rape exemption.
Brattin now says he was misunderstood and that documentation following a rape is not necessary, and that this bill is for the purpose of fathers’ rights.[su_csky_ad]