NM Bill: Post-Rape Abortion Is Evidence Tampering
Proposed legislation would criminalize procedure
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2013 1:19 PM CST
State Rep.-elect Cathrynn Brown, R-Carlsbad, is shown during a candidate forum on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010, in Carlsbad, NM.   (AP Photo/Tim Korte)

(Newser) – A New Mexico lawmaker introduced a bill yesterday that could criminalize abortions after rape, the Huffington Post reports. Republican state Rep. Cathrynn Brown introduced House Bill 206, which could charge a rape victim who got an abortion with "tampering with evidence"—a third-degree felony. Some fear pregnant rape victims would be required to continue their pregnancies so the fetus could be used as evidence in a trial.

The bill reads, "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," and Brown says the goal was actually to punish rapists who coerce their victims into getting abortions to hide the criminal evidence. And it likely won't pass, the Huffington Post notes, because Democrats have a majority in both chambers of the state legislature.

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Jan 25, 2013 6:37 PM CST
Very cunning move Cathy Brown. I didn't know there ware smart people on pro-life side.
Jan 25, 2013 12:10 PM CST
This is the right's way of being "pro life" - by declaring the fetus evidence of forced sex? This should tell you what kind of bent these people really have - in case you haven't figured it out yet - that forcing women to have babies they don't want, is punishment for sex not any respect for human life. What if the woman claims she is date raped and the man claims it was consensual- then what does it pregnancy prove?
Jan 25, 2013 10:38 AM CST
HOLY. HELL. SO. ANGRY. CAN'T. EVEN. TYPE. SO. WRONG. #%^@^$@&@&@#&@$&@&@&@$&u^%&^&*%^&*^*(^&*%^$^w#$!