New Mexico has sunk to a new low in the war on abortion. In a sick attempt to force rape victims to carry their pregnancy to term, New Mexico State Legislator Cathrynn Brown, has proposed a bill that would charge those who have been sexually assaulted and obtain an abortion with a felony for tampering with evidence.
No joke. Tampering with evidence!
Not only is this disgusting, but for a woman to bring this kind of bill to the floor just makes my entire body cringe.
“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.”
How DARE you be raped and not want to give birth! What is wrong with you?! Why wouldn’t you want to carry the fetus of a rape and give birth just to conduct a criminal case! I mean, screw the baby, they just want the DNA as evidence!
Another form of victim shaming at its finest.
When I posted this on my personal Facebook the other night, legions of women chimed in asking whether Rep. Brown would like to be the first example of this? Would she like to be raped and forced to carry to term or fear being arrested on felony charges for obtaining a safe and legal procedure which all American women are legally entitled to under federal law?
Cathrynn Brown has an unfortunate anti-choice and misogynistic history though. This mother of five is not only a supporter of parental notification laws, but also a former member of the local Right to Life chapter in her area.
RH Reality Check quoted Brown discussing the bill:
“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.’ “
Protecting women, by further victimizing rape victims. Sounds legit right?
Not so much!
RH Reality Check posed the same questions I had in the article linked above. How exactly will jailing a rape victim help protect women and get these criminals behind bars. Especially the children who will be impacted by this, example being incest victims.
Alas, these laws are nothing new. New Mexico has been on the “Pro-Life” war path for years. Mixed in with the actions to attempt to de-fund Planned Parenthood locations nationally.
The past ten years have shown a clear cut war on women, abortion, and reproductive rights. Far worse than anything we have seen previously. Forty years of Roe v. Wade being the law of the land clearly doesn’t matter for nosy politicians who think the country (and their states) should be run by their specific and personal moral code.
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