Alaska Rep. Alan Dick (R-Dick): Women Need Paternal Permission for An Abortion

WTF.

State Representative Alan Dick (the jokes write themselves) doesn’t think that a woman’s pregnancy is really “her pregnancy” and would have “a little more peace” about this nasty abortion business if the impregnator was required to consent to the impregnatee’s decision to terminate the pregnancy.

[I]f you’re not fully convinced yet that Alaska is the next front in the GOP’s war on women, you just have to listen to State Rep. Alan Dick. He said that he doesn’t believe that when a woman is pregnant, it’s really “her pregnancy.” As a matter of fact, he would advocate for criminalizing women who have an abortion without the permission via written signature from the man who impregnated her. He stated, “If I thought that the man’s signature was required… required, in order for a woman to have an abortion, I’d have a little more peace about it…”

No word on exactly how much more peace Dick would have about it. My guess is not much.

Also, no word on what women who become pregnant as a result of rape are supposed to do in Dick’s perfect world. Maybe women should carry waiver forms on them at all times. You know — just in case.

When are Republicans going to drop the charade and just start building breeding farms for wayward women? You know how we get. So emotional and sensitive. So dumb and naive. We’re liable to abort our babies by accident if there’s not a man around telling us what’s what.

We need the dicks of the world to lend us a helping hand.
[via RH Reality Check]

[cross-posted at ABLC]

50 replies
  1. 1

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  2. 2
    BGinCHI says:

    It’s helpful when the dicks are called Dick, instead of being, for example, a dick who is called Rick.

    To paraphrase Dr. Seuss.

  3. 3
    qwerty42 says:

    Maybe if he had his very own uterus he would be at peace?

  4. 4
    Warren Terra says:

    I think this asshat may be unfamiliar with the, ah, inconvenience that being pregnant imposes on a woman (and that’s when nothing goes wrong …). Another case of an anti-abortion activist believing a clump of cells is fully a person and a woman isn’t.

    Interestingly, there is a great test case that examines what happens once you consider the issues he claims to be worrying about and remove the issues (of the woman’s body he is steadfastly ignoring): custody of frozen fertilized oocytes. Specifically, what happens when one divorced partner wants them and the other wants them destroyed. Turns out, the Texas courts say the person who wants them destroyed wins. And that’s Texas, with no paucity of Wingers in charge and on the bench, and one of the first two states to enact a mandatory-rape-before-abortion law. Rather calls this guy’s legal theories into question.

    PS Separate from this particular issue but relevant to the ongoing War On Women, John Scalzi has a great guest post from a doctor addressing their colleagues who might be mandated to rape their patients.

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    Brachiator says:

    [I]f you’re not fully convinced yet that Alaska is the next front in the GOP’s war on women, you just have to listen to State Rep. Alan Dick.

    This Dick really sucks.

  6. 6
    legion says:

    Clearly, the answer is to spread the word to all women everywhere:

    If the guy is anti-abortion, don’t have sex with him. Ever.

    Sounds simple to me.

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    Anonymous At Work says:

    Actually, not a bad idea. Establishes that the father of a child is fully responsible for it over the mother. Custody belongs to the father automatically unless the mother consents to take responsibility. Don’t think that’s where he was going with it but that’s where you should take his comments.

  8. 8
    ohsuzanna says:

    If you haven’t read The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, you should.

  9. 9

    His name is Dick. The jokes just write themselves. Except it’s just not very fucking funny anymore.

    It’s really hard sometimes to live with the drawbacks of a civil society, namely that the worst thing these pricks have to fear is merely being voted out.

  10. 10
    scav says:

    Imagine the new forms of chat-up lines in bars. “Hey. I’d sign an abortion pre-release form for you anytime.”

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    Keith says:

    It takes a man called Dick to pull this kind of thing out of his (r)ear.

    There once was a Dick from Alaska
    who’s idea of consent was “Don’t Ask Her!”
    Abortions he contends will come to an end
    if the dad has a voice in the matter

  12. 12
    S. cerevisiae says:

    This Dick really sucks.

    In Soviet Russia, dick sucks you!

  13. 13

    @Warren Terra:

    The fertilized frozen egg shit is what shows what liars these people are. All this “pro-life” shit and “sanctity of life” shit is just, well, shit. I don’t think a lot of them are “pro-life” at all. They don’t give a shit about the “holocaust” of unborn children at all. What really pisses them off isn’t abortion, it’s women’s freedom. They aren’t prolife at all. They’re antilife; as in “women’s” and “sex”. If, any time of these dicks (or Dicks) open their mouths, just take “abortion” out of whatever they said, and put in “women’s sex lives”, and it’ll all make sense.

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    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    They only reason they care about your uterus at all is because you can vote. Repeal the 19th amendment and they’ll stop bothering with it.

    I’m waiting for a Republican to propose a bill requiring a male to be in the booth with a woman when she votes.

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    Helen says:

    This has been decided by the Supreme Court. In 1976 for crap’s sake. Planned Parenthood vs. Danforth overturned a Missouri law requiring the man’s consent. You lost. Big. These effing people should just move on. Or at least read the constitution before proposing these laws.

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    bemused says:

    I’m tired of feeling sick to my stomach. Every day these sexist cretins, legislators for crying out loud, have no hesitation proposing the most despicable, god awful, vile actions against women. They feel very comfortable letting their freak flags fly. The pigs are out and proud. The US must look like one giant insane asylum to most of the rest of the world. I am utterly ashamed.

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    Calouste says:

    Let’s make it so that a signature of the impregnator is required for the impregnantee to get an abortion. That signature either goes under the bit that permits the abortion, or the signature goes under the bit that pays for all medical costs during the pregnancy, maternity leave, raising the child for 18 years etc., etc. With 50% of that sum payable at time of signing. No signature within 24 hours? Abortion goes ahead.

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    pk says:

    There is no need for Americans to fight the Taliban in Afganistan, when they can fight them over here. Maybe the new slogan should be “we are fighting them over there so we can learn to fight them over here”.

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    Palli says:

    Men have been signing for (commanding) women to abort their illicit out of wedlock children for centuries. Were you comfortable with that?.

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    Palli says:

    @Belafon (formerly anonevent):
    It’s not enough that we have a Diebold or EES electronic voting machine in the booth with us?

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    @pk:

    I like that. Maybe it would be good on a shirt; I don’t think it would fit on a sticker. I’d make it a little more specific, and even turn it around: “We’re fighting the Talibaptists over here so we can learn to fight the Taliban over there”.

    @Palli:

    Are you asking Mr. Dick or ABL? Because I can’t tell.

  22. 22
    Bago says:

    Remember that Alaska has a roughly 75/25 male female balance and that most of the population are truckers from the south that were brought up from the south to build the transalaska pipeline. They get federal cash for homesteading and then some soci#list redistribution of oil profits in the form of the permanent fund. Fundamentalist religions prosper, and extract wealth from the indoctrinated. It’s like a hick Saudi Arabia..

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    Johnny Gentle (famous crooner) says:

    In his defense, there’s a really great provision later on in the bill where if the father denies permission, the fetus is magically transferred to his body so HE can carry it to term.

  24. 24
    Tonal Crow says:

    How long before Republicans propose prohibiting women from appearing in public unless accompanied by a male relative?

    Just asking, as the Republican War on Women seems to be escalating every day.

    Also too, have they blown up any Buddhas lately?

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    cckids says:

    So, on the reverse of this, if the sperm donor wants the woman to have an abortion, but she wants to have the kid, does he still get his way?

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    Warren Terra says:

    @Tonal Crow:

    Also too, have they blown up any Buddhas lately?

    I think they’ve firebombed and shot up some Mosques …

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    Warren Terra says:

    @cckids:

    So, on the reverse of this, if the sperm donor wants the woman to have an abortion, but she wants to have the kid, does he still get his way?

    In all seriousness, I think a father attempted this sort of a defense against being dunned for Child Support, to no avail.

  28. 28
    Ben Cisco says:

    @ABL 2.0 @Top:
    __

    When are Republicans going to drop the charade and just start building breeding farms for wayward women?

    You really shouldn’t give them ideas like that.

  29. 29
    cckids says:

    @Warren Terra: I remember. I think (hope) this would be on equally shaky legal standing.

  30. 30

    Yeah there are just SO MANY baby daddies out there begging women to bring these pregnancies to term so they can be financially responsible for their offspring for the next 20 years IN WHAT FUCKING UNIVERSE?

    Here in Tennessee we passed an anti-coersion signage law about 2 years ago, in which every women’s clinic that performs abortions MUST POST A SIGN stating that it is illegal to coerce or force a woman to have an abortion in ANY way, and there’s some kind of punishment associated with that (fine? jail? Can’t remember). Which is sorta the opposite of the Alaska law. This is implying women are only getting abortions because their baby daddies are forcing them to.

    What this all boils down to is that a bunch of (mostly but sadly not always) male politicians don’t think women are capable of making decisions for themselves. Period.

  31. 31
    mdblanche says:

    So, do any Republicans remember the 19th amendment still exists and that women now have separate legal rights from their husbands? Because I’m no longer sure they do.

  32. 32
    Geeno says:

    @cckids: All depends on the SCrOTUS at the time, doesn’t it?

  33. 33
    Ash Can says:

    The War on Women is really showing us how many men — and woman collaborators — believe women are livestock.

  34. 34
    Bubblegum Tate says:

    When are Republicans going to drop the charade and just start building breeding farms for wayward women?

    You know what I find darkly humorous? There’s a wingnut I know–a woman, no less–who believes that women who get abortions (or even strongly consider getting one) do not deserve to be called “women.” No, she insists that those women be called “gestational creatures.” Of course, that is exactly what she and her fellow wingnuts think women are: Gestational creatures, and no more. Not people who have autonomy with their bodies, not people who can even be trusted with a choice. Just gestational creatures to whom it’s fully OK to lie–anything to make her give birth.

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    scav says:

    @mdblanche: 19th is one of the optional non-original ones. They’re working on correcting all the misprints that have snuck into Their Constitution.

  36. 36
    WereBear says:

    @Johnny Gentle (famous crooner): Doesn’t take magic. The science is ready. They are just waiting for a volunteer.

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    bemused says:

    @Bubblegum Tate:

    That’s particularly ugly and sick coming from a woman. Is she one of those “prairie hens”?

  38. 38
    PurpleGirl says:

    @qwerty42: Thanks for the link. I love it! I’m gonna make at least one and send it a congresscritter.

  39. 39
    Phoenician in a time of Romans says:

    As a matter of fact, he would advocate for criminalizing women who have an abortion without the permission via written signature from the man who impregnated her.

    I assume that there’s an additional clause stating that if the man refuses, he is solely liable for the woman’s medical expenses, parental leave and full child support until the kid or kids turn 18? No?

  40. 40
    rikyrah says:

    GOP WAR ON WOMEN

    GOP WAR ON WOMEN

    GOP WAR ON WOMEN

  41. 41
    pluege says:

    this captures pretty well the republican outlook of women as birthing vessels; subservient to men; and all around irresponsible and incapable of making serious decisions.

  42. 42
    DFH no.6 says:

    My chief prayer to the FSM these days is that the fascist assholes keep this up right on through the general election.

    How any woman could vote Republican I haven’t a clue, but the now-screamingly-obvious war on women should ensure that the number who do this November is significantly smaller than it would have been otherwise.

    Handmaid’s Tale, indeed.

  43. 43
    qwerty42 says:

    @PurpleGirl: Dem awful, awful wimminz are being mean to some of our most beloved and respected solons. The nerve!

  44. 44

    @Bubblegum Tate:

    Damn, that’s more projection than a 20-screen movie-megaplex.

  45. 45
    WereBear says:

    Seriously:

    Can A Man Really Get Pregnant? Sure, But It Might Kill Him

    I might add that women run that same risk. Fertilized eggs can attach outside the uterus, and come to term. Men don’t need any specialized equipment: they have an abdomen.

    If a woman’s abdomen can act as womb, a man’s abdomen could do just as well. “Clearly,” the scientist would conclude, “I’ve now proven that human male pregnancy is possible, and it’s possible today!”

  46. 46
    MD Rackham says:

    In the case of an unwanted pregnancy, if the man has to be involved then the problem should be solved by either agreeing to the abortion, or agreeing to castration to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

    Or just let the woman make her own decisions about her own damn body.

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    MD Rackham says:

    In the case of an unwanted pregnancy, if the man has to be involved then the problem should be solved by either agreeing to the abortion, or agreeing to castration to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

    Or just let the woman make her own decisions about her own damn body.

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    Bubblegum Tate says:

    @bemused:

    That’s particularly ugly and sick coming from a woman. Is she one of those “prairie hens”?

    Ummm…maybe? I’m not sure what a “prairie hen” is.

    But it’s definitely ugly and messed up, and in general, she projects more than an all-IMAX multiplex. But that bit of hers is just so “what the fuck?!?” that it’s remarkable even for her.

  49. 49
    BDeevDad says:

    On a related note:

    A new poll of voters in Virginia, a key swing state, shows that President Obama is widening his lead in a hypothetical matchup with Mitt Romney. Romney’s big problem: women.

  50. 50
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    State Representative Alan Dick (the jokes write themselves)

    Yes, the “dick” jokes write themselves — but may I call to your attention the fact that ALAN is an anagram of ANAL.

    Just sayin.

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