Republican Pushes Bill to Force Women to Get Man’s Permission for Abortion Unless They Can Prove ‘Legitimate Rape’
A Republican state lawmaker in Missouri has introduced a bill that will require women seeking an abortion to get consent from the man who impregnated them unless they can prove they were “legitimately” raped.
State Representative Rick Brattin’s bill requires that “no abortion shall be performed or induced unless and until the father of the unborn child provides written, notarized consent to the abortion.”
The bill includes just two exceptions; “in cases where the woman upon whom the abortion is performed or induced was the victim of rape or incest” or if the woman can prove the unborn child’s father is deceased.
While the bill technically has exceptions for victims of rape, the woman is required to prove she was assaulted.
“Just like any rape, you have to report it, and you have to prove it,” Brattin says. “So you couldn’t just go and say, ‘Oh yeah, I was raped,’ and get an abortion. It has to be legitimate rape.”
Realizing what he had said, Brattin explained that he didn’t mean “legitimate rape” in the same way as disgraced former Congressman Todd Akin, who claimed a woman’s body will “shut the whole thing down” if she was “legitimately” raped.
“I’m just saying if there was a legitimate rape, you’re going to make a police report, just as if you were robbed,” Brattin explained. “That’s just common sense.”