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Today The Intercept’s Jordan Smith quoted Oklahoma Republican state legislator Justin Humphrey’s rationale for his bill that would require a woman to have her sex partner’s written permission to receive an abortion:

Ultimately, he said, his intent was to let men have a say. “I believe one of the breakdowns in our society is that we have excluded the man out of all of these types of decisions,” he said. “I understand that they feel like that is their body,” he said of women. “I feel like it is a separate – what I call them is, is you’re a ‘host.’ And you know when you enter into a relationship you’re going to be that host and so, you know, if you pre-know that then take all precautions and don’t get pregnant,” he explained. “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.”

(Apparently he thinks men have no responsibility for whether their partners get pregnant.) Also, a Tennessee Republican legislator has proposed a bill that would declare children born through artificial insemination to be illegitimate. And police and firefighters in Iowa want no part of a Republican plan to split public workers into two groups and only allow collective bargaining for “public safety” workers. How many phrases rhyme with “buck stew?”


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