Okla. Anti-Abortion Lawmaker Calls Pregnant Women 'Hosts'

And he's standing by his remarks
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 13, 2017 7:33 PM CST
Okla. Anti-Abortion Lawmaker: Pregnant Women Are 'Hosts'
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin shows the large crowd a map of the United States in which Oklahoma is declared the most anti-abortion state during her speech to anti-abortion Oklahomans during Red Rose Day events, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, at the state Capitol.   (Jim Beckel/The Oklahoman via AP)

A Republican lawmaker from southeast Oklahoma who described a pregnant woman as a "host" is standing by his use of the term, saying his intent was not to offend anyone, the AP reports. State Rep. Justin Humphrey of Lane said Monday he didn't know of a better term to describe a pregnant woman and apologized to anyone who took offense. Humphrey used the term while discussing his bill that would require women seeking an abortion to first obtain the written informed consent of the father. The bill is scheduled for a hearing Tuesday in a House committee.

State Rep. Emily Virgin described Humphrey's comment as "incredibly disrespectful." Oklahoma has passed some of the strictest anti-abortion bills in the country, although at least five have been struck down by the courts in recent years. (Read more Oklahoma stories.)

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