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Post-Rape Abortions Will Be Felonies For ‘Tampering With Evidence’ Under New Bill

by David Badash on January 25, 2013

in Civil Rights,News,Politics

A Republican state lawmaker has proposed a new bill that would make an abortion following a rape a felony by claiming the fetus is “evidence” and an abortion “tampering.” Rep. Cathrynn Brown, a Republican state lawmaker in New Mexico, is working to “legally require victims of rape to carry their pregnancies to term in order to use the fetus as evidence for a sexual assault trial,” according to the Huffington Post:

“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.“

UPDATE: Rep. Brown now claims she has re-drafted the bill to ensure women will not be prosecuted if they get abortions.

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Alex_Parrish January 25, 2013 at 12:02 pm

This is one sick woman — and she has been elected to the legislature! I think we should be drug-testing and maybe sanity-testing candidates and legislators.

Vionisia January 25, 2013 at 10:24 pm

She is illogical and her case is not sound… rape is the act not the result… plus not all sexual activity results in pregnancy… so does this mean this lady would consider a lack of pregnancy as no evidence of a rape?
She makes me mad and apparently logical reasoning is not a requirement to be a politician.

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