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On Wednesday, a Republican lawmaker in New Mexico introduced a bill that would legally require victims of rape to carry their pregnancies to term so the fetus could be used as evidence for a sexual assault trial.  Rep. Cathrynn Brown (R) introduced  House Bill 206, which basically criminalizes the rape victim if they aborted a pregnancy due to rape.  If the victim were to end her pregnancy, she would be charged with a third-degree felony for “tampering with evidence”.

“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 bill says.

For the record, third-degree felonies in New Mexico carry a sentence of up to three years in prison.

Pat Davis of ProgressNow New Mexico, a progressive nonprofit opposing the bill, called it “blatantly unconstitutional” on Thursday.

“The bill turns victims of rape and incest into felons and forces them to become incubators of evidence for the state,” he said. “According to Republican philosophy, victims who are ‘legitimately raped’ will now have to carry the fetus to term in order to prove their case.“

This bill follows the rhetoric of previous bills introduced that lacked sensitivity to rape victims. There was H.R.3 bill Paul Ryan and Todd Adkin, both Republicans,  which was dubbed the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” that  introduced the country to the term “forcible rape.”

Why would a pregnancy be forced a upon a woman if she doesn’t want to go through with it? I’m not sure how many women would want to carry their rapist’s baby. If evidence was an issue, DNA from an aborted fetus could still be used as evidence. Also, depending on when the rape is reported, there are rape test kits that are commonly used.

It looks as though the war on the wombs just keep on getting more bizarre, day after day.

What do you think of House Bill 206?

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  • Any politician that attacks rape victims does not want to be reelected.