Santa Fe, New Mexico – Victims of rape and incest will be felons if at least one New Mexico lawmaker gets her way.  “Exhibit A” legislation, proposed as HB206 this week in the state legislature, forces women to carry fetuses conceived from rape to term so they can be showcased as “evidence” in court. The bill also criminalizes women who seek out abortions resulting from rape or incest.

The actual language of the proposed bill says enough:

 

“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 or criminal sexual penetration or incest with the intent to destroy evidence of the crime.”

If passed, victims of rape and incest who seek to end a pregnancy resulting from rape could be sentenced to three years in prison. 

“In addition to being blatantly unconstitutional, the bill turns victims of rape and incest, who have just been through a horrible sexual assault, into felons and forces them to become incubators of evidence for the state,” says Pat Davis of ProgressNow New Mexico, a progressive non-profit opposing the bill. “According to Republican philosophy, victims who are ‘legitimately raped’ will now have to carry the fetus to term in order to prove their case. “

HB206 was introduced in the New Mexico Legislature by Republican State Representative Cathrynn Brown (R) of Carlsbad. 

 

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