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Bizarre anti-abortion law proposed in New Mexico

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Just when you thought Republicans could not get any more wacky, this happens.

So a woman who has been sexually assaulted and becomes pregnant - so she gets an abortion... and then is charged criminally for "tampering with evidence" under law proposed by New Mexico state Rep. Cathrynn Brown ®.

But hey this is all about punishing the perp and protecting women and has nothing to do with abortion, right?

Fortunately this bill is unlikely to pass. And Republicans wonder why they have problems attracting women voters...

Here is the proposed bill:

http://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/13%20Regular/bills/house/HB0206.pdf

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

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 ®, 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.“

The bill is unlikely to pass, as Democrats have a majority in both chambers of New Mexico's state legislature.

UPDATE: 12:25 p.m. -- Brown said in a statement Thursday that she introduced the bill with the goal of punishing the person who commits incest or rape and then procures or facilitates an abortion to destroy the evidence of the crime.

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

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/24/new-mexico-abortion-bill_n_2541894.html

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Perhaps if Cathrynn Brown were in the same shoes as a rape victim she'd have a much different perspective.

I would like to say the stupidity of this bill (along with the creator of it) takes the cake but I'm sure we have yet to see even more evidence of Republican ignorance and inanity that will trump even this. :(

This woman's ignorance is astounding.......DNA can be obtained from fetal tissue after an abortion has been performed. Stupid is as stupid does.

Protect women? :picard: No, let's victimize them even more.

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I was going to get worried there, then I realised this Republican doesn't have good odds in his state of getting this passed in a Democratic held House and Senate. It looks more like a ploy for attention (thus funds) from certain political action committees.

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Well she is a lawyer, so what can you expect, eh???

House District 55 ® – Cathrynn Brown (i)

HD55-CathrynnBrown-e1349134764484-124x175.jpgNAME: Cathrynn N. Brown

POLITICAL PARTY: Republican

RESIDENCE: Carlsbad

AGE: 55

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Reed College; Juris Doctor in Law, University of Idaho.

OCCUPATION: Attorney and editor

FAMILY: Husband, Michael Brown; five children

POLITICAL/GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE: State Representative, District 55, 2011-present; Chairwoman, Rules Committee, Republican Party of New Mexico, 2008-11; Executive Committee, Republican Party of New Mexico, 2007-present; State Central Committee, 2005-present; Chairwoman, Republican Party of Eddy County, 2005-08....

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.......DNA can be obtained from fetal tissue after an abortion has been performed. Stupid is as stupid does.

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I was going to get worried there, then I realised this Republican doesn't have good odds in his state of getting this passed in a Democratic held House and Senate. It looks more like a ploy for attention (thus funds) from certain political action committees.

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Maybe if they reigned those in it might take away some of the incentive for the crazies to ply their trade.

But what fun would that be right?

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I applaud republican efforts here. The newborn baby must be interrogated to see if it is indeed a rape baby.

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I applaud republican efforts here. The newborn baby must be interrogated to see if it is indeed a rape baby.

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hard to say.

in Brazil abortion is a crime and nobody will change it here, unless the girl is sexually assaulted, or the baby causes some problem to mother´s life. if the baby´s life is in danger the mother has option to continue or abort. in these situations it must be proved by police and medical statements...

in any other case, the girl and the boy go to the jail for 7 years. and during the Military era it was even worse...

and with all respect, It´s very fair!

want have sexy without kids? USE a CONDOM! it´s not baby´s fault if you don´t want him/her, he/she cannot defend him/herself from you and your ego!

a condom isn´t expensive, in fact is very very cheap. you dummy boy go there, buy as many condoms you want, use it and F$%%¨@ with responsability.

want sexy?

don´t want kids?

USE a CONDOM!

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hard to say.

in Brazil abortion is a crime and nobody will change it here, unless the girl is sexually assaulted, or the baby causes some problem to mother´s life. if the baby´s life is in danger the mother has option to continue or abort. in these situations it must be proved by police and medical statements...

in any other case, the girl and the boy go to the jail for 7 years. and during the Military era it was even worse...

and with all respect, It´s very fair!

want have sexy without kids? USE a CONDOM! it´s not baby´s fault if you don´t want him/her, he/she cannot defend him/herself from you and your ego!

a condom isn´t expensive, in fact is very very cheap. you dummy boy go there, buy as many condoms you want, use it and F$%%¨@ with responsability.

want sexy?

don´t want kids?

USE a CONDOM!

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I´m just saying that it´s easier use a condom instead do and abortion. it´s really hard use a condom instead kill an inocent without option? what about the girl choose better boys instead those sucker that just F$%&* and leave the girl?during the military era in Brazil the authorities used to punish girl and boy by killing them by shooting them, or leaving them to the feared "Jacareacanga´s ditch", many people prefered the death instead going to Jacareacanga...

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Did you even read the original post in this thread?  It doesn't seem so because condoms have nothing to do with the bil as it's about women already pregnant by rape or incest.

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in this case I´m in favor of an abortion, New Mexico law is simply bizarre. so you must suffer for the next 9 months for a baby you´re forced to have? no. that´s traumatising...Republicans seems to live on another type of universe. maybe a "Rebublicanland"?

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