We Absolutely Need to Talk About Abortion Right Freaking Now

Thankfully, we live in a country with reasonable representatives that understand that women who are forced to make this difficult decision do so after considerable — no wait, jk!

Rep. Justin Humphrey, in defense of his controversial anti-abortion bill, stated, “I understand that [women] feel like that is their body. I feel like it is a separate — what I call them is, is you’re a ‘host.’”

A host. A. Host.

The horrendous bill in question is HB 1441. “Hey, didn’t they do that awesome cover of Red Red Wine in the 80s?” No, you’re thinking of UB40. Unlike groovy 80s beats, this disgraceful bill would require women seeking abortions to provide the doctor with a written note from the would-be father. As if having to make that choice was like getting out of gym class (“Please excuse Sarah from Gym today, as she has a giant headache from her government not considering her a person that should have a say over her own body”). It would also require the second would-be baby-maker to be disclosed to the doctor, and would force the physician to delay the procedure if the sperm provider decides they want to challenge for paternity rights.

Humphrey’s claims in his intent with this bill is to make fathers take responsibility for child-support, and women — oh, excuse me — hosts — to take responsibility for their bodies: “So that’s where I’m at. 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.”

Oklahoma is one of the worst states in in union in terms of sex education, abortion rights, and, equally alarming, domestic violence. It does not require sex-ed classes, and when sex-ed is taught, it’s under the banner of “abstinence is the Only proven effective method” of preventing pregnancy, and STDS. Under the implications of this bill, the uterus owner is expected to be responsible for their body by implementing a method of birth control, or become a host. For many women in abusive relationships, they’ve already lost control of their bodies to their abusers. HB 1441 legalizes this abuse.

We all know the the protest slogans — My Body My Choice! — but what we Really need is education. Misinformation is the name of the game. Keep the masses ignorant on how a thing works, and feed them sad and scary tales to get them on your side. This is how the abortion “debate” has historically gone. I say “debate”, because actual debates are based in reason and fact, as opposed to religion and icky feels.

A zygote is a cell. A blastocyst is a collection of cells, as is an embryo. These are the first stages of fertilization. It has no ability to feel emotional or physical pain. A fetus does not have the ability to feel pain until the 24 week mark, because the brain lacks the neurological pathways required to feel. Misleading, just plain incorrect information, and the continual use of the phrase “unborn babies” is used to help perpetuate stigma over health and reproductive issues concerning women. We kill approximately 43,200,000 skin cells a day, just doing normal, everyday activities. I guess we should all just stop living our lives to protect all of our precious cells.

We as a nation, repress and compromise the health care of half our population because misinformation, beliefs, and emotions are considered more important to our legislators, than providing them correct information and adequate healthcare. Propagandists are not concerned with things like facts or science, because it contradicts with their personal beliefs. These people should not get abortions. That doesn’t give you or Anyone the right to make that decision for another person. Propaganda is not science; religion is NOT science, and attempting to impose your personal morality on other people is a gross overreach on our individual rights.