A pregnancy resulting from rape or incest is evidence and having an abortion is “tampering with evidence,” according to a new bill introduced yesterday in New Mexico which would legally require a rape victim to carry a fetus to term.
Presumably Rep. Cathrynn Brown, a Republican, will also criminalize tampering with evidence by taking a shower after a rape, too?
Having an abortion or procuring or providing an abortion following a rape would be classified as a third-degree felony, punishable by up to three years in prison.
Rep. Brown has since claimed she wants to “deter sex offenders” and “protect women” with this bill, and that it’s not an anti-abortion ploy. She — yes, SHE — seems not to realize such a ludicrous bill would only encourage women to not report their rapes so as to avoid being forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy by their rapist to term … and thus keep more rapists out of prison.
Nice try, though. I eagerly await the introduction of the anti-showering bill.
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