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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 06:01 PM

New Mexico Bill Would Criminalize Abortions After Rape As 'Tampering With Evidence'

New Mexico Bill Would Criminalize Abortions After Rape As 'Tampering With Evidence'
Source: Huffington Post
Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/24/new-mexico-abortion-bill_n_2541894.html

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 with the intent to destroy evidence of the crime," the bill says.

Third-degree felonies in New Mexico carry a sentence of up to three years in prison.

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.“

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Reply New Mexico Bill Would Criminalize Abortions After Rape As 'Tampering With Evidence' (Original post)
Blue Belle Jan 2013 OP
Politicalboi Jan 2013 #1
Blue Belle Jan 2013 #5
JaneyVee Jan 2013 #2
tanyev Jan 2013 #3
Archae Jan 2013 #4
PossumSqueezins Jan 2013 #12
NutmegYankee Jan 2013 #6
Blue Belle Jan 2013 #7
WinkyDink Jan 2013 #8
Selatius Jan 2013 #9
PossumSqueezins Jan 2013 #10
davidn3600 Jan 2013 #11

Response to Blue Belle (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 06:05 PM

1. Then how do we prove

Un-legitimate rapes if the woman doesn't get pregnant.

This bill by a woman too boot.

Do the babies stay in evidence once they are born? LOL! Sealed in a manila envelope in a tub in downtown. How can the mother handle the evidence and then bring it to trial?

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Response to Politicalboi (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 07:29 PM

5. Thank you!

My thoughts entirely!

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Response to Blue Belle (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 06:08 PM

2. Abort the GOP.

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Response to Blue Belle (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 06:13 PM

3. Will the state then take possession of the fetus after it is born and care for it for 18 years?

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Response to Blue Belle (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 06:14 PM

4. This bill is blowing up in Brown's face...

So she's backpedaling furiously.


State Rep. Cathrynn Brown, sponsor of an anti-abortion bill that she called poorly written, said her intent was not to charge rape victims with a felony if they terminated their pregnancy.

Brown, R-Carlsbad, said her bill was badly drafted and that she did not catch the language problems when reviewing it.

"I missed this one," she said Thursday.

Her proposal, House Bill 206, says: "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."

Rep. Nate Gentry, R-Albuquerque, said Brown's intent was to focus on a perpetrator, such as a stepfather who raped a teen, impregnated her and then demanded that she get an abortion.

http://elpasotimes.typepad.com/newmexico/2013/01/a-media-storm-for-rep-brown.html

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Response to Archae (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 10:55 PM

12. Um...yeah, sure Cathrynn Brown...

She obviously doesn't take this legislatin' thing too seriously since she can't even read her own bills for language.

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Response to Blue Belle (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 07:31 PM

6. Holy sick fuck!!!

How the hell is this lady still in Office?

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Response to NutmegYankee (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 07:34 PM

7. Yeah...

I ask the same thing about Michelle Bachman. Hopefully her actions will be what votes her out in the next election.

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Response to Blue Belle (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 07:37 PM

8. One doesn't need a baby to prove rape. This woman is SICK AND EVIL; AKA, a Republican.

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Response to Blue Belle (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 07:37 PM

9. She must hail from an extremely red district to even have the stones to introduce this bill. nt

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Response to Blue Belle (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 10:47 PM

10. This will learn them wommin not to git rapedededed

Wow. The Repukes just keep outstupiding themselves.

I am wondering, since the child is now "evidence", if it will be labeled as "Exhibit A" and kept in a file cabinet.

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Response to Blue Belle (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 10:52 PM

11. Just when you think you've heard it all.....

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