Tennessee remains one of the strongest anti-abortion states in the country and the latest proposal regarding the controversial subject would give fathers power that they never had before.
According to the Washington Examiner, the father of an unborn child would be afforded the opportunity to formally petition for an injunction from the court if the mother of his unborn child decides she wants to abort the unborn human being.
So far, the bill is sponsored by two state Republican lawmakers, with one of them, Sen. Mark Pody, saying he took action on the proposed bill after hearing from constituents that it’s not fair for the father of an unborn child to not have any say in the matter, whatsoever.
He made crystal clear his thoughts on what a father should be entitled to in a recent interview with a local newspaper.
“I believe a father should have a right to say what’s gonna be happening to that child,” Pody told the Tennessean. “And if somebody is going to kill that child, he should be able to say, ‘No, I don’t want that child to be killed. I want to able to raise that child and love that child.’”
The rules of the proposed law will undoubtedly be controversial, but they’re simple on the surface. If the proven biological father of the child petitions the court because of a “reasonable possibility” that the mother of the child wants to go through with an abortion, then court action can be taken. The father is only required to prove that he’s the biological parent if the mother contests the claim or if a judge feels that more proof — like a DNA test — is needed.
If the mother agrees that the father is, in fact, biological, no DNA test would be needed, as it would satisfy the proof requirements.
Not unexpectedly, the proposed bill is already stirring up controversy in the ranks of, you guessed it — Planned Parenthood. The American Civil Liberties Union has also thrown a red flag on the idea, with both organizations arguing that it give the father too much control over the mother’s body.
“A pregnant person must have the ultimate control over their body and their pregnancy,” said Francie Hunt, executive director of Tennessee Advocates for Planned Parenthood. “The legislature needs to stop trying to distract the public from their leadership failures with increasingly stigmatizing abortion restrictions.”
Without a doubt, the matter will be hotly contested in the state legislature and if it passes, in the state’s court system.
Tennessee is a shining example of what can be done to protect the sanctity of human life, as they’re one of the states that has passed the “heartbeat bill,” which prevents abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. They’ve also put an end to aborting because of a child’s race, sex or if they are tested to have Down’s Syndrome.
ARTICLE SOURCE : thefederalistpapers.org