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Want an abortion in Ohio? Ask your man.

Well, it's just a proposed law, not a passed one, but still:
http://feministing.com/archives/007480.html#comments

Got it from ginmar. A comment says it was illegal in West Virginia in 1992 for a woman to get an abortion or tubal ligation without the husband's permission, though the abortion thing seems to me to conflict with Roe vs. Wade. (Second or third trimester, maybe?)

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mindstalk
Aug. 8th, 2007 12:08 am (UTC)
If I were going to get the man involved, it'd be in the other direction: "if the father doesn't consent to giving child support, then get an abortion or expect to do without." This wouldn't be popular in ginmar's community, where getting an 18 year obligation for one drunken night is approved of for men. "Besides, the child shouldn't have to suffer." Of course, if the father *died* the child would suffer; life isn't fair, we try to pick a point at which to make it fairer, and asking that a child be born with two willing parents doesn't seem a big leap for me.
kateorman
Aug. 8th, 2007 01:05 am (UTC)
If the mother isn't able to pay for everything the child needs - shoes, penicillin, schoolbooks, breakfast - doesn't that leave the taxpayer covering the cost of those essentials, if daddy isn't willing to pay? You know what most taxpayers would say to that: should've kept it in your pants, daddy. :-)

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