New Mexico Bill Would Make Abortion After Rape a Felony

"Legitimate Rape without Abortion" Rep. Cathrynn Brown
Rep. Cathrynn Brown (R), a Tea Party lawmaker in New Mexico, just introduced House Bill 206 that would effectively criminalize abortion for any woman “legitimately” raped since the abortion would  be “tampering with evidence.” The legislation would force raped women to carry a pregnancy to term in order to “prove” that her rapist actually raped her (and use the fetus as evidence at the trial). The bill specifically says, “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 would make abortions-after-rape a third degree felony punishable by up to three years in prison. In defending the bill after its introduction (and after the mass outcry from virtually everyone), Brown attempted to use insane troll logic by explaining that she actually had the victim’s safety in mind the whole time. “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.” Her fancy footwork and pointed language all attempt to make a ludicrous argument that rapists will apparently force women to get abortions after they’re raped to cover up their crime. Where (or who) does this women get these ideas from, and what are those people smoking? 

The bill (thankfully) has little chance of becoming law since the New Mexico Legislature is Democrat-controlled.

The Huffington Post has more on the story here:

Tim Peacock is the Managing Editor and founder of Peacock Panache and has worked as a civil rights advocate for over twenty years. During that time he’s worn several hats including leading on campus LGBT advocacy in the University of Missouri campus system, interning with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, and volunteering at advocacy organizations. You can learn more about him at his personal website.


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