Thursday, January 24, 2013

New Mexico rep would charge women with a felony for aborting rape fetus

Yup, you read that right. The bill, introduced by Cathrynn Brown (R), would make aborting a rape fetus a felony, for the victim, the doctor, etc.:

Under HB 206, if a woman ended her pregnancy after being raped, both she and her doctor would be charged with a felony punishable by up to 3 years in state prison:
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.

So, let me see if I've got this right...a woman is expected to carry, for 9 months, and then give birth/be responsible for a rape fetus because it is "evidence"? Compelling a victim of rape to endure pregnancy and motherhood in order for her rapist to receive justice -- or else be a felon thereafter -- is a laughably thinly veiled attempt to force women to carry rape babies. DNA doesn't lie -- nor does it need a pregnancy to continue uninterrupted to be collected. Since when do we criminalize medical procedures for victims of violent crime so that the "evidence" is not disturbed? And, of course, the kicker here is that, in order to save the rape fetus (every fertilized egg is a person! and all of that), the law in fact treats a fetus like an object: evidence, not a "person". (Rather like the Catholic hospital that argued that it could not be held responsible in a wrongful death case because fetuses aren't people.)

The GOP's rape politics of 2012 proved a disastrous endeavor, so much so that one anti-abortion group is teaching Republicans how to avoid saying what they mean tailor their rape talk in more suitable ways, and at least one pollster has advised them to shut up about it altogether...but it appears some Republicans missed that memo.

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