Friday, January 25, 2013

Insane New Bill Would Criminalize Abortions After Rape And Incest As "Tampering With Evidence"

At first I thought this was a joke. Maybe someone mistook an Onion report as real and ran with it. No. It is real and it is ugly and it is crazy.

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

It is known as House Bill 206 and it was introduced by Republican state Rep. Cathrynn Brown. If the bill is passed it would charge a rape victim obtained a legal abortion with a third-degree felony for …. wait for it… "tampering with evidence."

Here are the bill's exact wording:

“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".

Just so you know third-degree felonies in New Mexico carry a sentence of up to three years in prison.

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

That's correct…. She believes that the bill she introduced "protects women".

Though the bill is unlikely to pass it once again points out that there is no limit to the lunacy the right wing whackos are capable of engaging in. Republicans claim they want small government that stays out of their lives but when it comes to women's reproductive organs they know what's best for you ladies. You can be sure that if the Republicans ever gain control of the Presidency, Congress as well as a super-majority in the Senate women will be kissing their reproductive rights goodbye.

No war on women…. Sure.

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