The Morning Brew: Abortion bill draws international interest
It's Wednesday, February 15, and on this date in 1903 the very first Teddy bear went on sale.
Abortion bill draws wide interest
A law that would allow fathers to veto abortions has gained international attention. The bill authored by Rep. Justin Humphrey, R-Lane, which referred to pregnant women as "hosts," moved forward Tuesday.
Panel OKs plan to let dads block abortions
An Oklahoma House committee approved a bill allowing fathers to veto an abortion, despite objections that it would be found unconstitutional.
The measure requires women seeking an abortion to provide the father's written, informed consent. A woman would also have to reveal the father's name.
House Bill 1441 now moves on to the full House. It must still get Senate approval before heading to the governor.
The bill has made news around the country and the world. It was featured on BBC.com, the Washington Post and Cosmopolitan. A Google search of "Oklahoma abortion bill" yields more than three million results.
Humphrey has said he didn't mean to offend women.
“When I use the term host, it's not meant to degrade women,” said Humphrey. “If there's better verbiage out there, I will gladly use better verbiage. I just couldn't find it.”