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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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mlc23
Aug. 9th, 2007 12:20 am (UTC)
there's that long part afterwards where your daughter or son goes to school, grows up, falls in love... that's 30-60 years or longer of shared life, compared to 9 months of pregnancy.

Pregnancy and childbirth are sometimes life threatening and very often health threatening, while seeing your child take the school bus the first time really isn't. BTW, I'm all for everyone having full control over their bodies - including suicide and drug use.

Notification without legal recourse sounds pointless to me and potentially creates more problems than it solves. What if the bio father is not the husband, and a great 20 year marriage is destroyed because a woman makes a single mistake and has a one night stand? I also see all kinds of scenarios where a woman could also be bullied or harassed by a father/husband or other family members (once the father is notified he can tell whoever he wants). Or perhaps he promises to take care of the baby after birth, but then changes his mind about wanting the baby after its too late for a woman to do anything about it.

So I think notification with recourse is perhaps the only real option. I oppose that not only on philosophical grounds but on practical grounds as well. A woman has a pretty narrow window in which to have an easy, safe, guilt-free, abortion. Notification and counseling and arbitration and tidy legal paperwork for the man to take full responsibility sounds nice, but in reality it will be messy and prolonged and will narrow the window of choices for a woman quite a bit.

Sometimes there just isn't a solution where everything can be equal and fair.

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