ACTION ALERT: Tell Rep. Brown That Rape Survivors Need Care and Support, Not a Felony Charge

NMRoundhouse ACTION ALERT: Tell Rep. Brown That Rape Survivors Need Care and Support, Not a Felony ChargeDear friend of liberty, 

I thought I had seen it all from anti-abortion extremists. I was wrong.Late Wednesday, Rep. Cathrynn Brown (R-55) introduced a bill that could criminalize rape survivors who seek an abortion. Under her proposed amendment, the felony crime of “tampering with evidence” would be written to include “procuring or facilitating an abortion…of a fetus that is the result of criminal sexual penetration or incest with the intent to destroy evidence of the crime.”

 

That’s right; you can’t make this stuff up. A bill that could force a rape survivor to choose between cooperating in the prosecution of her abuser and terminating an unwanted pregnancy that was forced upon her. Tell Rep. Brown that these kinds of extreme anti-abortion laws have no place in New Mexico.

 

After a strong initial public backlash to her bill, Rep. Brown is already wavering on this ill advised scheme. She claims that she will edit out the most offensive parts of the bill, but this type of legislation doesn’t belong in New Mexico in any form.

 

This bill is only part of a wider effort to intimidate women and make accessing safe, legal abortion practically impossible. This legislative session we have already seen a bill that would force a woman to view a medically unnecessary ultrasound and listen to a description of the fetus before she could terminate her pregnancy, and another that would force a young woman to notify their parents before she could access a safe and legal abortion.

 

Most New Mexicans agree that we should not punish survivors of sexual assault for the crime that was perpetrated upon them. Rape survivors need care and support, not a felony charge.

 

We can’t let anti-abortion extremists and politicians interfere with private medical decisions that belong between a woman and her doctor, nor can we allow anyone to bully survivors of sexual assault. Send a message to Rep. Brown and ask her to do the right thing and send this bad bill to the trash heap.

Sincerely,

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Peter Simonson, Executive Director

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2 comments on “ACTION ALERT: Tell Rep. Brown That Rape Survivors Need Care and Support, Not a Felony Charge
  1. Jami Huntsinger says:

    Victims need care not a felony charge or blame.

  2. Linda Kyvik says:

    Rep Brown,
    Bill 206, what exactly is your AGENDA with this cruel and unnecessary ridiculous bill? To make rape victims suffer several times over? Or as I suspect, make abortion providers afraid to perform this legal procedure? I am a retired RN. “Tampering with evidence” is 5th grade logic. Rape kits do their job quite efficiently. No need to stick your judgemental government arm inside this victim’s vagina. This bill shows such a lack of empathy, I have to question, just a wee bit, psychopathy. Bob Hare has a check list if you want to take a peek. I will be keeping an eye on this, and helping whatever organization decides to fight it if you do not reclaim your senses and throw this heinous piece of terrorist control order out. When is your now lost re-election? 2014? Bad move there.

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