North Carolina to Require Father’s Permission For Birth Control

Sep 05, 2013
All Adult Women Affected by Attempt to 'Combat Female Promiscuity'

birth-control-pills-300x199North Carolina passed a controversial new law today requiring all women, regardless of age, to obtain their father's permission before using birth control.

In a close 26 to 23 vote Republicans in the state senate succeeded in moving the legislation to the desk of Governor Pat McCroy, who is expected to sign it into law Friday.

Officially called the Advancing Female Morality Act (AFMA), the measure requires women to show their pharmacists a notarized signature from their father before obtaining any birth control product. If the woman's father is deceased, she must obtain a signature from her nearest male relative, which may be an uncle or cousin.

Penalties for dispensing birth control without male approval will range from a $4,000 fine to 2 years in prison. Possession of birth control products without a permission slip will be punishable by 60 days probation and community service.

"This is a fantastic day for women in North Carolina," says Rep. Ruth Samuelson (R - Mecklenburg), who sponsored the legislation. "Finally the sluts and tramps among us will have to think twice before engaging in a sinful, promiscuous lifestyle."

Daddy Knows Best? 

Since the 2012 election swept Governor McCroy in to power, North Carolina's government has been dominated by Republicans affiliated with the Tea Party movement. They have used their large majorities to pass a series of controversial legislation restricting abortion, curtailing voting rights and banning sharia law.

Today's "Just Ask Dad" legislation, however, could be the most extreme move to date. Opposition from women's groups is building, and a lawsuit is expected to be filed in the coming days in order to stop AFMA from being enacted.

"It really is shocking in this day and age that our elected leaders think women aren't smart enough to make choices about their own reproductive health," says Jessie Spano, president of a local women's rights' organization. "It's almost like the last 40 years never happened."

Other women around the state have pointed out that the law would force often inappropriate conversations about sexuality between parents and their children. Samuelson, however, is unapologetic and says that in the long run the legislation will cut down on unwanted pregnancies, abortions and sexually transmitted diseases

"Abstinence is the only 100 percent effective method of not getting pregnant," she explains, "and nothing promotes abstinence more than involving your father in decisions about your sex life."

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  • Westwoodman

    Is there an exception for cases where your father is dead? What if you’re adopted and have no knowledge of your father? What if you live in a household with two mothers? Do they get to decide which one is your “father?” What if your father raped your mother and he’s in jail? Do you have to visit him to get his permission? What if he says no? What if you’re father doesn’t like your husband and decides to punish you for getting married to “that man” by saying no? What if?

  • Millamoo

    I’m pretty sure if you have two mommy’s it’s punishable by death in North Carolina.

  • leastudio

    I realize this is satire, but I find this whole article really disturbing. Women are facing so many real issues involving reproductive rights right now that I don’t really think it’s entertaining to belittle them. We all know that the patriarchy wants to control women’s bodies and the fact is that it actually is happening (obviously not even close to this extreme) in some states, in 2013, just shows how far we still have to go to become equal citizens.

  • Yvonne Deatherage

    where is link to complete law? a law if required of 18+ is taking away not only rights, but an adults right…… When do men have the right to say no birth control, when so many men are deadbeats who don’t pay child support, etc. women can’t be trashy if men weren’t on the sidelines cheering them on and/or taking them up on it…. really, fixing to look up law, surely it’s for minors, and even then, should be parent, not Dad. Some girls have enough trouble speaking to moms about female issues. If a Dr prescribed birth control for medical reasons other than birth control, even more embarrassing to discuss. Do does this law cut out ALL GOV’t FREE BIRTH CONTROL INCLUDING CONDOMS FOR GUYS & Girls? Just take women’s rights back before they were given the right to vote….. or speak in public.


    I know this is satire, but you really should think twice before giving these people ideas. lol

  • D Umbo

    I dont like this idea. ime goin to have to buy condoms again if i go to america. Is condoms alowed in america? Wats this for sez the american customs lady i have no idea I would say my mum paked my bag.haha and how many condoms are you alowed for personal use without being paid a condom taxes. i like americans even thou theyre all nutz. gday mate

  • The Spirit of the Laws

    Since the most anti-social passion of envy will always be with us, a free country that wishes to preserve liberty must be careful not to condone it by redefining envy’s demands as demands for equality and fairness.

  • Trish Tribble

    ah america, how the world laughs at you

  • Mike W.

    Fuck you. I was so pissed. Then I read the comments and I was still pissed.

  • radsenior

    A country where its leaders act like petulant toddlers – arguing just for the sake of argument. The arrogance of the republican party is not only causing it’s own downfall, but unfortunately allowing other countries to surpass America in arenas such as human rights, education, economic progress and scientific advancement. History will not look back on them kindly…

  • Jay

    “‘It really is shocking in this day and age that our elected leaders
    think women aren’t smart enough to make choices about their own
    reproductive health,’ says Jessie Spano, president of a local women’s
    rights’ organization.” Best SbtB reference in a while.

  • Carter Sandown

    ” If the woman’s father is deceased, she must obtain a signature from her nearest male relative, which may be an uncle or cousin.”
    Surely in North Carolina it is commonplace for these all to be the same person?

  • Michiel Nieuwenhuijse

    hahaha North Carolina is going back to the Middle Ages. Well done !! Good satire 🙂

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