In Missouri, a GOP Rep. is trying to push through a bill that would require a woman to seek the permission of a man before she gets an abortion.
Rick Brattin filed the measure in early December, which reads, “No abortion shall be performed or induced unless and until the father of the unborn child provides written, notarized consent to the abortion.”
And yes, the infamous term “legitimate rape” made an appearance.
“Just like any rape, you have to report it, and you have to prove it,” Brattin told Mother Jones. “So you couldn’t just go and say, ‘Oh yeah, I was raped’ and get an abortion. It has to be a legitimate rape.”
Brattin was sure to clarify that his usage of the term that Todd Akin made headlines with wasn’t in the same spirit.
“I’m just saying if there was a legitimate rape, you’re going to make a police report, just as if you were robbed. That’s just common sense.” He added that “you have to take steps to show that you were raped…And I’d think you’d be able to prove that.”
From Mother Jones:
The bill contains no provision establishing standards for claiming the rape or incest exceptions. It also doesn’t state any specific penalties for violating the law nor say whether a penalty would be imposed on the woman seeking the abortion or the abortion provider.
Missouri is home to only one abortion clinic, based in St. Louis. Each year, legislators target the clinic with dozens of new restrictions. In 2014, the GOP-controlled Legislature approved a bill requiring women seeking an abortion to wait 72 hours between the initial consultation and the procedure. It’s the longest abortion waiting period in the county.
When Brattin was asked if he’d provide an exception for women whose partners were abusive, he admitted that he hadn’t “really thought about that aspect of it.”
Just to give a little bit of context to Brattin’s frame of mind (as if you didn’t have enough already), in 2013, he sponsored a bill that demanded “intelligent design” be taught alongside evolution and be given equal time in science textbooks.