State Rep. Cathrynn Brown (R-Carlsbad) introduced a bill yesterday that requires rape victims to see their pregnancies through during the course of their sexual assault trial, or be charged with third-degree felony evidence tampering.
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.
If convicted, a rape victim could face up to three years in prison.
The bill turns victims of rape and incest, who have just been through a horrible sexual assault, into felons and forces them to become incubators of evidence for the state," said ProgressNow New Mexico executive director Pat Davis in a statement. "According to Republican philosophy, victims who are ‘legitimately raped' will now have to carry the fetus to term in order to prove their case."