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Bill makes it a crime to abort a baby after sexual assault

Updated on June 19, 2013

Protect the right to choose

So, let me get this straight, a New Mexico state legislator has introduced a bill that would require a raped woman who becomes pregnant to have the baby so that it can be used as evidence in a criminal trial. I am stopping to breath! This is no joke!

Representative Cathrynn Brown introduced House Bill 206 that states: “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 crux of the law is that anyone who seeks, facilitates, or coerces a victim into an abortion can be put in jail for three years. The goal says Brown is to make sure that evidence is preserved in a rape case and to make sure that a victim is not made to have an abortion. What a crock!

The purpose of this law is to make women carry to term the child of their rapists and to take away their right to choose. The simple fact is that DNA can be obtained from a pregnant woman or an aborted fetus. This is just another end around to destroy a woman's right to choose.

I find the business of abortion abhorrent, but I fiercely defend a woman's right to choose and to have control of her own reproductive rights. The horror of this law is that it would make a 13-year-old victim of incest have to carry her father's child to term with no thought of what would happen to the mother or the child. It would also delay rape cases for up to nine months.

Women's rights are under attack and on this, the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, we need to stand with women and protect those rights. What do you think. Vote in the poll below.


Is the New Mexico Law a way to circumvent a woman's right to choose?

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    • Reynold Jay profile image

      Reynold Jay 

      5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Politicians love to pass bills that make no sense and this is certainly one of them. Let's hope they don't pull this one off.

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