The political realities under our current administration have sounded some alarm bells over the security of women鈥檚 rights issues. In some US states, women鈥檚 healthcare is under major threat, and women鈥檚 organizations have expressed alarm at President Trump鈥檚 Supreme Court nomination. And now, what an Oklahoma lawmaker just said about pregnant women has given us another reason to be鈥 concerned.

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While being interviewed by Intercept, Oklahoma State Rep. Justin Humphrey attempted to justify his wildly controversial and unconstitutional bill which requires pregnant women to get permission from the man who provided the sperm in order to obtain an abortion.

While saying that he can understand how women might 鈥渇eel like that [their own body] is their body鈥 (ya know, which it absolutely, 100 percent, unquestionably is), Humphrey feels that once you get pregnant your body becomes, instead, a 鈥渉ost.鈥

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鈥淚 understand that they feel like that is their body,鈥 he said, speaking of women, then adding, 鈥淚 feel like it is a separate 鈥 what I call them is, is you鈥檙e a 鈥榟ost.鈥 And you know when you enter into a relationship you鈥檙e going to be that host and so, you know, if you pre-know that then take all precautions and don鈥檛 get pregnant.鈥

He continued, 鈥淪o that鈥檚 where I鈥檓 at. I鈥檓 like, hey, your body is your body and be responsible with it. But after you鈥檙e irresponsible then don鈥檛 claim, well, I can just go and do this with another body, when you鈥檙e the host and you invited that in.鈥

That鈥檚鈥 um鈥 clear?

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Despite the WTF nature of how it was said, the message is: When a woman becomes pregnant, she is no longer considered an autonomous individual, but instead a host to the fetus. And while it may sound like a bungled explanation of what pregnancy is, the fact that this comes from an influential lawmaker will surely come across as threatening to a lot of Americans.

In response, Amanda Allen, senior state legislative counsel for the Center for Reproductive Rights, told Intercept, 鈥淚 would say it鈥檚 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.鈥

What do you think about Oklahoma State Rep. Justin Humphrey鈥檚 statement that a pregnant women becomes a host? Tweet us @BritandCo!

(h/t Jezebel; photos via Hero Images + Letizia Le Fur/Getty, Oklahoma State Legislature)