Knock’em up and slap’em down
Atrios has the link to the official Setting Up Camp In Your Uterus Act of 2003. So I thought I’d pop on over and read me some legalese to see how many ways they are planning to screw women (this act being one of the few ways a Conservative can get in a woman’s pants).
Hey! Look at this:
`(c)(1) The father, if married to the mother at the time she receives a partial-birth abortion procedure, and if the mother has not attained the age of 18 years at the time of the abortion, the maternal grandparents of the fetus, may in a civil action obtain appropriate relief, unless the pregnancy resulted from the plaintiff’s criminal conduct or the plaintiff consented to the abortion.
`(2) Such relief shall include–
`(A) money damages for all injuries, psychological and physical, occasioned by the violation of this section; and
`(B) statutory damages equal to three times the cost of the partial-birth abortion.
Yup. The husband or the woman’s parents (if she is not eighteen) can sue her for having an abortion.
Now keep in mind that the Republicans specifically kept out language regarding the health of the woman that would allow her to have the procedure for psychological reasons. Yet the husband can ask for damages for psychological injuries.
Now that takes balls. Unfortunately.
(Added):Disregard the struck portion. A re-reading of the document indicates that the maternal parents or the husband may sue the doctor for damages, not the wife. Thanks to an alert reader who pointed that out. Nonetheless, I still find it amazing that the legislators think less of the psychological damage of the mother than they do of the psychological damage of the sperm provider who made his contribution weeks or months before.