Various conservatives have long argued that abortion should be outlawed even in cases of rape because of the sanctity of human life. Now a New Mexico state representative is proposing that rape victims who get an abortion should be punished because of the sanctity of … criminal evidence.
As the Huffington Post reports, a bill by Republican Cathrynn Brown would redefine “tampering with evidence” to make it a third-degree felony to get an abortion after you’ve been raped, if it’s done so “with the intent to destroy evidence of the crime.” Because what a scared, raped woman needs the most in her time of need is a few years in prison.
Update: Brown told the AP today that “the measure is being misrepresented.” As many have suggested, Brown says her intent was simply to outlaw a rapist from forcing his victim to get an abortion to cover up his crime. Unfortunately, the bill, as currently worded (“procuring … an abortion … of a fetus that is the result of criminal sexual penetration or incest with the intent to destroy evidence of the crime”), seems to also include the rape victim herself. Brown said she plans to “revise the bill.”