Tennessee Republican Wants to Give Fathers — Including Rapists — Power to Stop Women’s Abortions, No DNA Test Required
Tennessee State Sen. Mark Pody has written a bill (SB0494) that would give fathers –including rapists — the power to stop women from having abortions; no DNA test to prove paternity would be required at a court hearing, notes HuffPost:
At the hearing, if the man can prove that he is the biological father and that there is a “reasonable probability” that the woman would obtain an abortion, the court shall issue an injunction prohibiting her from terminating the pregnancy. Proof of parenthood requires only that the petitioner acknowledges paternity. A DNA test is not required.
If the woman violates the injunction by obtaining an abortion, the court may hold her in civil or criminal contempt. There are no exceptions for rape or incest…
“This is an unconstitutional, insulting, and dangerous bill,” Francie Hunt, executive director of Tennessee Advocates for Planned Parenthood, said in a statement. “Nobody should have the power to make health care decisions for someone else — not a judge, a partner, and certainly not a rapist regardless of paternity.