NM GOP wants to ban abortion after rape as “tampering with evidence”

And you thought Republicans learned their lesson about playing games with rape after the last election.  You thought wrong.

A Republican state representative in New Mexico, Cathrynn Brown, has proposed legislation that would make it a crime to get an abortion, or even “facilitating an abortion,” after a woman is raped.  The “facilitate” language could mean simply driving a woman to get an abortion, lending her money for the procedure, or even just giving her advice in favor of the procedure, putting her parents, friends, spouse, and even religious confidants at risk, lest they give the “wrong” answer.

Here’s the salient part of Cathrynn Brown’s proposed bill:

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Brown is now claiming that the legislation is intended to help stop sex offenders from forcing women to abort their babies.  Because, you know, the biggest problem a woman faces after being raped is her rapist insisting she abort his baby when she wants to keep it.

Republicans have had a long love affair with this issue.  Here are a few of our recent posts on the matter:

Top GOP rally for Senate wannabe who said rape-babies are gift from God.
Mike Huckabee, in defense of rape babies (seriously)
GOP Senate candidate discusses “legitimate rape”
Wasilla charged rape victims for their own forensic exams under Mayor Sarah Palin?
Romney-backed Senate candidate: God wants women to have rape-babies
Stephen Colbert on GOP claims God intended women to have rape-babies
Rachel Maddow on “legitimate rape”—What Todd Akin’s statement says about GOP orthodoxy
GOP ally Catholic Church says child rape “understandable,” blames children
Harry Reid’s GOP opponent thinks your rape is part of God’s plan
Palin: McCain favors government forcing rape victims to carry their attacker’s baby to term
GOP’s Gingrey: Akin “partly right” about “legitimate rape,” and body shutting down pregnancies

And one more thing, Representative Brown.  It’s not “evidence” – it’s a woman’s body.


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