Here’s Oklahoma state legislator, Rep. Justin Humphrey’s words:
Ultimately, [Humphrey] said, his intent was to let men have a say. “I believe one of the breakdowns in our society is that we have excluded the man out of all of these types of decisions,” he said. “I understand that they feel like that is their body,” he said of women. “I feel like it is a separate — what I call them is, is you’re a ‘host.’ And you know when you enter into a relationship you’re going to be that host and so, you know, if you pre-know that then take all precautions and don’t get pregnant,” he explained. “So that’s where I’m at. 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.”
In a weird way, that’s almost refreshing. The gloves are off and Humphrey isn’t even pretending this is about life or the standard Republican lie that women are victims. That’s Republicans usual go-to. Women just don’t understand and are incapable of making their own decisions. Guess Republicans are throwing that BS out the window.
There’s so much here. First, women are “hosts”. Like Alien? They no longer are autonomous. That’s mind blowing. But the more interesting point is not that abortion is wrong, but the fact that whether a woman can have an abortion is placed in the hands of men.
Seriously, if abortion is “wrong” then why is Humphrey letting the man decide between a woman having or not having an abortion? What he’s saying is that abortion should be allowed if the man says it’s okay. He places every bit of responsibility on the woman before pregnancy then places her under a man’s control once pregnancy occurs.
His statement is stunningly honest. He isn’t concerned with abortion. He’s concerned with the woman making the decision on her own. Obviously, a “host” can’t make a decision. Calling human being a “host” is beyond insulting – it’s dehumanizing. It does, however, give you insight into how the GOP views women.
And here’s the thing. Most men are aware when their partner gets pregnant. They go through the process as a couple. If the man is out of the loop then why isn’t it his responsibility to check back with his sexual partners to discover if pregnancy occurred? Why is it her responsibility to tell him? I mean, if he cared, he’d ask, right? Sheesh, this feels like Legally Blonde. If he doesn’t follow up by checking on his sperm then why isn’t that abandonment or disregard. Why does he have to be informed to care? If he cared, he’d inform himself.
The key take-away here, yet again, is punishment. The woman must pay for her “pre-known” irresponsible behavior.
Consider this: The only way this proposed law comes into play is if a woman decides to have an abortion – if she’s already made her decision. Bringing in the man only acts as veto power over that already made decision. And if he’s okay with her decision? Then abortion is a-okay! That is exactly what this bill says – abortion is fine if a man says so. So much for all that “pro-life” stuff.
Question: Since women are devious, irresponsible liars, what’s to stop them from getting their progressive guy friend from saying he’s the father and that he approves of the abortion? There’s a business opportunity here: Rent a sperm donor for the day!
Buckle up, because State Houses across the country are going to be flooded with bills like this. Women’s bodies are really the only things Republicans govern.