It would appear that the Republican rape fetish inexplicably continues in America. Never in my life have I seen a political party so honed in on a subject that, when they decide to discuss it, is so destructive to their survival. They even lost several major elections because of it, but they just can’t seem to help themselves.
The latest example is a new bill introduced in New Mexico – by a woman, no less – that would classify an abortion following a rape as “tampering with evidence.” Yes, you read that right. Should a woman be raped and find herself pregnant as a result of that rape, she would be required to carry the pregnancy to term as evidence of the sexual assault.
House Bill 206 was introduced by State Rep. Cathrynn Brown (R) and reads thusly:
A. Tampering with evidence consists of destroying, changing, hiding, placing or fabricating any physical evidence with intent to prevent the apprehension, prosecution or conviction of any person or to throw suspicion of the commission of a crime upon another.
B. 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.
Since the bill started making the national rounds on blogs and online news outlets, Rep. Brown has gone on the offensive, implying that, Whoopsie! My bad! Whoever wrote that piece of crap is an idiot!
State Rep. Cathrynn Brown, sponsor of an anti-abortion bill that she called poorly written, said her intent was not to charge rape victims with a felony if they terminated their pregnancy.
Brown, R-Carlsbad, said her bill was badly drafted and that she did not catch the language problems when reviewing it. “I missed this one,” she said Thursday.
Oh, you missed it all right. But anyone who buys your story of this bill being “badly drafted” needs to have their head examined. This falls right in line with the Republican narrative on rape, in that the woman would have to prove its legitimacy, because ultimately the method of conception doesn’t matter and rape babies are a gift from god, so suck it up, ladies.
Rep. Brown simply took that narrative to its logical conclusion. Perhaps she thought that no one would be paying any attention to li’l ol’ New Mexico…
Well, sorry to break it to you, but women are now fully engaged and they’re watching every move the GOP makes, no matter what state they’re in. Luckily, New Mexico Democrats hold majorities in both chambers of the state legislature, so the bill is unlikely to pass.
Still, nice try…
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