Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

Oklahoma has passed 20 anti-choice bills since 2011, almost as many as Louisiana. (Photo: Getty)

Oklahoma Republican Pushing Anti-Choice Bill Calls Women 'Hosts'

"I'm like, hey, your body is your body...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"

Nadia Prupis

An Oklahoma lawmaker who has authored an extreme anti-abortion bill to be considered in the legislature Tuesday told The Intercept that a woman's body, once pregnant, is no longer hers—it is a "host."

"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," Rep. Justin Humphrey, a Republican, told reporter Jordan Smith on Monday.

"So that's where I'm at. I'm like, hey, your body is your body and be responsible with it," he said. "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."

Humphrey's bill, HB 1441, would require a woman seeking an abortion to get written permission from her sexual partner. He told Smith that his original intent was to ensure that fathers pay child support, but that language has since been removed from the legislation.

Oklahoma has passed 20 regressive abortion bills since 2011—ranking second behind Louisiana for the number of anti-choice restrictions approved since Roe v. Wade in 1973, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

Another measure under consideration this week, HB 1559, would prevent women from aborting fetuses with genetic abnormalities.

"I believe one of the breakdowns in our society is that we have excluded the man out of all of these types of decisions," Humphrey said. "I understand that they feel like that is their body."

Amanda Allen, senior state legislative counsel for the Center for Reproductive Rights, told Smith the bill was "certainly a new low for Oklahoma."

"This is, to my mind, a fruitless effort to shame and stigmatize women who are seeking abortion care and it is completely and unequivocally unconstitutional," Allen said.

The Oklahoma chapter of Planned Parenthood urged residents to call their representatives and urge them to vote against the bills which, the organization says, would create unnecessary burdens and may force women to "take desperate measures or seek out of state care."


Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.

We've had enough. The 1% own and operate the corporate media. They are doing everything they can to defend the status quo, squash dissent and protect the wealthy and the powerful. The Common Dreams media model is different. We cover the news that matters to the 99%. Our mission? To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good. How? Nonprofit. Independent. Reader-supported. Free to read. Free to republish. Free to share. With no advertising. No paywalls. No selling of your data. Thousands of small donations fund our newsroom and allow us to continue publishing. Can you chip in? We can't do it without you. Thank you.

Arctic Warming Nearly Four Times Faster Than Earth as a Whole, Study Finds

"Scientific data keeps showing that the situation is more urgent than we had previously thought."

Julia Conley ·


WTO Threats Against US Electric Vehicle Tax Credit Prompt Calls for 'Climate Peace Clause'

"It's time to end this circular firing squad where countries threaten and, if successful, weaken or repeal one another's climate measures through trade and investment agreements."

Jake Johnson ·


In Raid of Trump Home, FBI Was Seeking Classified Nuclear Weapons Documents

"The criminal who stole top secret nuclear documents is the same one who had absolute authority to order a nuclear attack at any time."

Jake Johnson ·


Docs Show DHS Watchdog Delayed Telling Congress About Deleted Secret Service Texts

The Project on Government Oversight says the records reveal a pattern of Inspector General Joseph Cuffari "rejecting proposals to inform Congress about the Secret Service's resistance to oversight."

Jessica Corbett ·


'Dictatorship Never Again': Massive Pro-Democracy Protests Sweep Brazil

"Democracy involves changing the government and eliminating neo-fascism," said one prominent protester, "but above all, ensuring that the working class, the people, have the rights guaranteed in the Constitution."

Brett Wilkins ·

Common Dreams Logo