Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Pregnant As A Result Of Rape And Had An Abortion? You Could Go To Prison For That In New Mexico

Cathrynn Brown: The Face of Crazy

Earlier today, we talked about the Sate of Crazy, aka Arizona, but now we’ll turn our attention to their neighbor, Friend In Crazy, aka New Mexico.

A Republican lawmaker, and woman, state Representative Cathrynn Brown, introduced a new bill last week 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.

Yes. You get raped, and wind up pregnant, you must have the baby because it’ll be Exhibit A in the trial of your rapist….if he’s caught.

Brown’s House Bill 206 would charge a rape victim who ended her pregnancy with a third-degree felony for "tampering with evidence."

The bill says, plainly:
“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."
A woman who is raped, and has an abortion, would face up to three years in prison for terminating the pregnancy. Way to make the victim the criminal, Cathrynn.

Of course, since the Democrats have a majority in both chambers of New Mexico's state legislature, the bill has very little chance of surviving, but, still, it points out the lengths to which the GOP will go to control what a woman does with her own body.

Now, Cathrynn Brown, after the story broke and people everywhere began asking what kind of crazy fuckmonkey would propose such legislation, backtracks a bit, now saying the goal of the bill is to punish the person who commits incest or rape and then procures or facilitates an abortion to destroy the evidence of the crime.

Except, the bill, in Brown’s own language, plainly states “tampering with evidence shall include procuring or facilitating an abortion.”

Now, it make also state that it also means someone who coerces another person into having an abortion, but it’s clear she also meant the victim of rape is a criminal if she terminates the pregnancy.

New Mexico? If you’re listening, maybe you ought to rethink re-electing Ms. Brown. She clearly belongs in the Arizona state House.


the dogs' mother said...

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

Ask the Cool Cookie said...

Cunt. If anyone deserves this term, she does.

anne marie in philly said...

all these GOP asshats need to STFU right fucking now!

designing wally said...

They must be drinking from the runoff of that pond in Arizona...

Ask the Cool Cookie said...

NOW, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican, this women is claiming that she has been misunderstood. No, what she meant with this law was that it would make it illegal for a rapist to force a woman to have an abortion to destroy evidence of the rape. Nice try, Catherynn. Having worked for an elected official I know how these things come about. They are vetted and reviewed and checked and double checked before they go to the office that reviews legislation and then double checks and says "Are you sure you want o assign you name to this? No, these things just don't shoot out of a printer and land on the desk of a committee.