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An Oklahoma bill that would require women seeking an abortion to first get permission from the father has moved forward. The male Republican lawmaker who wrote the bill has described pregnant women as "hosts."

A Republican lawmaker in the U.S. state of Oklahoma gained approval on Tuesday for a bill that would require women to receive written consent from their sexual partner in order to obtain an abortion.
The state House Public Health Committee voted in favor of the bill by Oklahoma Rep. Justin Humphrey, despite Humphrey admitting that it might be unconstitutional.

The measure will now move toward a full vote in the state's legislature, where it is likely to pass if granted a hearing.
The bill, formally known as HB 1441, states: "No abortion shall be performed in this state without the written informed consent of the father of the fetus."

Women would be required to provide the father's identity to their doctor in writing. Additionally, should the man contest that he is the father, he may demand that a paternity test be performed.
Humphrey did, however, put in a provision that if the woman's sexual partner is deceased, the woman will be allowed to have an abortion - provided that she signs a notarized affidavit saying that the man is dead.
The bill would provide exceptions in cases where the woman is the victim of incest or rape, or if the pregnancy poses a danger to her life.



 

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