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A Republican lawmaker in New Mexico introduced a bill on Wednesday that would legally require victims of rape to carry their pregnancies to term in order to use the fetus as evidence for a sexual assault trial.
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 wit
Originally posted by ArchPlayer
Don't forget, this was a female lawmaker pushing this mess...EVEN MORE DISTURBING!!!!
“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," (Emphasis added)
Under this law, if a rape victim gets an abortion, she faces up to 3 years in prison for felony charges!
Pat Davis of ProgressNow New Mexico, a progressive nonprofit opposing the bill, called it "blatantly unconstitutional" on Thursday. “The bill turns victims of rape and incest into felons and forces them to become incubators of evidence for the state,” he said. “According to Republican philosophy, victims who are ‘legitimately raped’ will now have to carry the fetus to term in order to prove their case.“
It only punishes those who coerce another to obtain an abortion in order to destroy evidence.
Originally posted by randomname
using their laws against them.
what fault is it of the kid, that his mother was raped.
why should the kid pay the ultimate penalty for the crimes of his or her father.
Originally posted by Xaphan
Know what would be cruel? Bringing a rape baby into the world. Imagine getting to a certain age then having that kind of information given to you. I think if I was ever told that I was the product of rape I'd look back on it and wish I had been vacuumed.