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New Mexico Bill Would Criminalize Abortions After Rape As 'Tampering With Evidence'

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edited January 2013 in current events

A Republican lawmaker in New Mexico introduced a bill on Wednesday that would legally require victims of rape to carry their pregnancies to term in order to use the fetus as evidence for a sexual assault trial.

House Bill 206, introduced by state Rep. Cathrynn Brown (R), would charge a rape victim who ended her pregnancy with a third-degree felony for "tampering with evidence."

“Tampering with evidence shall include procuring or facilitating an abortion, or compelling or coercing another to obtain an abortion, of a fetus that is the result of criminal sexual penetration or incest with the intent to destroy evidence of the crime," the bill says.

Third-degree felonies in New Mexico carry a sentence of up to three years in prison.

Pat Davis of ProgressNow New Mexico, a progressive nonprofit opposing the bill, called it "blatantly unconstitutional" on Thursday.

“The bill turns victims of rape and incest into felons and forces them to become incubators of evidence for the state,” he said. “According to Republican philosophy, victims who are ‘legitimately raped’ will now have to carry the fetus to term in order to prove their case.“

The bill is unlikely to pass, as Democrats have a majority in both chambers of New Mexico's state legislature.

UPDATE: 12:25 p.m. -- Brown said in a statement Thursday that she introduced the bill with the goal of punishing the person who commits incest or rape and then procures or facilitates an abortion to destroy the evidence of the crime.

“New Mexico needs to strengthen its laws to deter sex offenders,” said Brown. “By adding this law in New Mexico, we can help to protect women across our state.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/24/new-mexico-abortion-bill_n_2541894.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

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  • Boomx2BrianBoomx2Brian Posts: 2,515Member

    IDOL

    Thats republicans for ya. It doesnt surprise me at all.
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  • joyfulbunnyjoyfulbunny Posts: 42Member

    i dont think this is the bill for that.

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  • SunniRiseSunniRise Someone... feed me. Baker StreetPosts: 3,301Member

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    Yeah and if it would pass, I'm sure less women would report rapes. Republicans can be so stupid...
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  • MusoMuso The Master Of All Pokemon! USAPosts: 2,762Member

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    Republucans ... Why?
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  • blushblush vegasPosts: 1,738Member

    IDOL


    The bill is unlikely to pass, as Democrats have a majority in both chambers of New Mexico's state legislature.
    Thank the political Gods.
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  • leelee.leelee. USAPosts: 1,508Member

    IDOL

    I usually expect Republican men to do something this absurd, but to see a woman introducing this bill makes me hang my head in shame. The victim has to deal with all this legal court stuff (obviously not a law student here, haha) while her body is raging with hormones, strange cravings, mood swings.

    Not cool, Cathrynn Brown. Not cool at all.


    And WTF does "legitimately raped" mean? Rape is rape. I highly doubt a woman would falsely accuse a man of raping and impregnating her and go through with a possibly long trial just to get revenge/spite a guy (it's the only reason I can think of now). Unless she's absolutely bonkers or she's very, very bored.
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  • raymondc27raymondc27 CanadaPosts: 1,938Member

    IDOL

    Why not just pass a bill stating "Richard Simmons you morons"
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  • itrayyaitrayya latchkey princess. California.Posts: 7,221Friend of Soompi

    IDOL

    hello!!!! as if the 'positive' on the pregnancy test is not enough for them!!!!

    that law is CRUEL. i'm a woman, stop telling me what to do with my body!
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