Target: Justin Humphrey, Representative of Oklahoma
Goal: Publicly apologize for referring to women as merely “hosts,” and do not require a male sexual partner’s signature before a woman can get an abortion.
Women may be required to obtain a signature from a male sexual partner in order to get an abortion if a new bill passes in Oklahoma. The lawmaker behind the bill, Representative Justin Humphrey, explained in an interview with the Intercept that he decided to author the bill because women act as though their bodies are their own, when really they are “hosts.”
Humphrey’s original intention, he said, was to ensure that men would have to pay child support at the outset, but he also wanted to give men a say in the decision of whether or not a woman gets an abortion and combat the tendency women have of making the decision on their own. Humphrey said in his Intercept interview, “I understand that they feel like that is their body. 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…. 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.” Sign below to demand that this travesty against women’s rights be acknowledged and dealt with.
Dear Representative Humphrey,
Your statement that a woman’s body is not her own, and is merely a “host” to a fetus, is an insult to women everywhere. Additionally, the bill requiring a woman to have the signature of a male sexual partner further dismisses the worth and autonomy of the woman, who does not need a man’s permission to have a medical procedure done.
Completely apart from the fact that in some cases, such as rape or domestic abuse, a woman may have no way of getting the signature of a male sexual partner, she should never be required to do such a thing in the first place. Women deserve equal right, and that means making their own decisions. I urge you to apologize for your demeaning statements, and do not push through a bill requiring a man’s signature for a woman’s abortion.
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