posted on Jan, 24 2013 @ 10:14 PM
I hope you don't mind my reposting a comment I made in your other thread. These are both up and running, so I thought it appropriate.
A great joy to see you again, and I understand your being upset in this matter. I hope you won't think less of me for taking the opposite side from
everyone in this thread. I think it needs a little more thought, although I applaud your instincts.
I'll argue that this is a good and constitutional law, and that women should celebrate it. I hope you don't mind if I repeat the only change to an
existing bill dealing with the tampering of 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 with the intent to destroy evidence of the crime," (Emphasis added)
There is nothing here that says a woman has to take the child to term, or that she can't have an abortion. It only punishes those who obtain or coerce
another to obtain an abortion in order to destroy evidence.
Under this law, if a rape victim gets an abortion, she faces up to 3 years in prison for felony charges!
So, this statement is not quite accurate.
A woman could go into a hospital and say "I want an abortion, I was raped three months ago (or last week) and you should keep some tissue as
evidence." No problem and the evidence is preserved. Yes, as posters have pointed out, you can get tissue from the foetus, but there is no reason to
unless the woman claims rape or incest.
Think of an abusive boyfriend who says "Get an abortion. Keep your mouth shut, I'll be in there with you. Say a word and I'll kill you." The boyfriend
can be charged under this law.
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.“
This is a combination of several false statements.
In short, this bill places no extra burden on the woman and adds a penalty for those trying to hide evidence of a crime. I like it.
edit on 24-1-2013 by charles1952 because: Bracket problems