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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  • RepubAnon

    DNA evidence isn’t mentioned in the Bible, so it may not have been covered in Rep. Brown’s education.

  • kmcdevitt

    The potential effects of the “Conservative Coalition” are very much exaggerated. The Republicans do NOT “control” the Senate.

  • http://twitter.com/jmi2000 mike ireland/

    don’t these people’s brains hurt coming up with these ideas? i know my brain hurts from reading about them…

    i love the comments here that are ‘expanding’ into robbery, shootings, etc. ”

    Reductio ad absurdum”!

  • Badgerite

    I’m sure this doesn’t need saying, but this really is the bottom of the barrel. Heartless and cruel and seriously un-Christian. Add this proposed legislation to the qualifier they attach to rape of “legitimate” rape and you can see quite clearly what is being implied. Everyone is the victim except the woman who was raped. I’m starting to think that their ‘Binders full of women’ is probably a hit list.

  • http://twitter.com/thinktank79 Matt Munson

    They do. They have alliances with conservative Democrats in that state. Republicans control their state senate and the state house is Democratic Party control. Don’t take anything for granted.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    OMG just beyond sanity.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Yep, bring it on. BTW I read ‘majorities’ as ‘magpies’ the first time around.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Bosse/608235497 Joe Bosse

    I never will understand these people. I’m anti-abortion too, in that I’d prefer not to have a potential child of mine aborted if at all possible, but I’m not an idiot. I’ve seen plenty of the bad cases where an abortion is necessary, and it is never easy for anyone to have to go through that. And to imagine for even a second that a baby is needed for evidence of a rape is the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard since I found out women have magic rape sperm killing vaginas. (Isnt there a conflict there?)

  • tsuki

    If the Catholic Church can succeed in arguing that 7 month fetuses are not persons, then this is bullshit. And so is their contraception argument.

    http://www.blisstree.com/2013/01/24/sex-relationships/unborn-rights/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+b5media%2Fblisstree+%28Blisstree%29

  • http://buddybest.tripod.com/index.html BuddyNovinski

    Well, then douching after a rape would qualify as tampering with evidence as well! And we thought that the god Ronald Reagan had been senile… Why not just impound the rape victim? And we thought that Georgre W Schrub had been stupid…

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Oh yeah, that’s a campaign ad waiting to happen.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Let them. Fortunately they do not have majorities in the state house or senate.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Update: It would seem that Rep. Brown is feeling the blowback of the deserved national attention for her horrific proposed bill:
    http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S2907813.shtml?cat=500

    A New Mexico legislator says she will file a substitute bill to clarify
    the intent behind a bill she introduced Wednesday that would make it a
    crime for a rape victim to have an abortion.

    However, after the bill made national attention Thursday, Brown issued a statement that she said clarifies the intent behind her bill. In it, she said she plans to submit a substitute draft soon. The statement reads: “It has been speculated that this legislation is intended to criminalize rape victims. This is a misinterpretation of the intent of the legislation.
    “House Bill 206 was never intended to punish or criminalize rape victims,” said Rep. Brown.

    Sorry, dearie, you don’t get a mulligan on this one. We know you thought you were oh-so-clever to find this particular angle, but bless your shriveled little heart you forgot that the notion of tossing rape victims into jail for up to three years on felony charges for having an abortion — which presumably would also include Plan B medication — would be beyond the pale for the overwhelming majority of Americans.

    (Background detail mentioned in the article is she’s also a board member for her local “Right to Life” (sic) organization and was elected to office in 2010. Her opponent’s campaign ad just wrote itself.)

  • Naja pallida

    NM is another of those states, along with CA, TX and AZ that are all poised to become majority Hispanic in the next few election cycles. Republicans have to get all their dirty work done now, to stop them from having any ability to gain any real power.

  • iamlegion

    Don’t hold your breath. These people actively hate you.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Fortunately that bill has no chance of passing.

    We may be a little weird here in New Mexico, but we’re not that crazy or stupid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/randyariddle Randy Riddle

    By that legal standard, offering care to someone with a gunshot wound would be tampering with evidence.

  • nicho

    Amendment: Any bank or other business that is robbed must close and stay closed until after the trial. Otherwise, you’re tampering with evidence.

  • MoonDragon

    Earth to Missy Brown: If the police want to use DNA evidence, the tissue excised during the procedure would serve that purpose. If you hadn’t been in the little girls’ room fixing you makeup when the biology teacher was talking about such things, you might know this.

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