Not to Worry, Rape Victims Who Want An Abortion: We Won't Charge You With Felony Tampering With Evidence, Just Your Doctor

Abby Zimet

After much uproar, New Mexico attorney, wingnut lady legislator, Right to Life board member and alleged GOP Rep. Cathrynn Brown is walking back as fast as she can from her proposed bill to charge rape and incest survivors with "tampering with evidence" - a felony carrying a possible three-year prison sentence - if they choose to abort a rapist's fetus. No no no, Brown says: It was "an error - I missed that one" - to suggest the bill would criminalize and prosecute the victims, who she wants to "protect," really, along with making their choices for them. Actually Brown, whose Facebook page sports an iconic photo of a gun resting on a Bible in front of the Constitution, just wants to nail those who might want to help the victim make her own decision about her intolerable cirumstance - ie: doctors or nurses "facilitating" an abortion for her. Let them go to jail for "intent to destroy evidence of the crime." Wanna see a crime? This woman in a position of power. Alas, she isn't alone. More awful bills in many states here.

From House Bill 206: "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."

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