Republicans Seek Jail Time for Rape & Incest Victims
On Thursday January 24, the unthinkable happened in America. The Republican War on Women hit a new low, as New Mexico State House Rep Cathrynn N. Brown (R) was joined by 9 of her Republican sisters in the New Mexico House in introducing new legislation that would make rape and incest victims seeking an abortion guilty of “tampering with evidence” and facing three years in jail.
Here is a NM State Government facsimile of House Bill 206, Brown’s legislation, co-sponsored by the other nine Republican women posted here.
“The bill turns victims of rape and incest into felons and forces them to become incubators of evidence for the state,” said Pat Davis of ProgressNow New Mexico. “According to Republican philosophy, victims who are ‘legitimately raped’ will now have to carry the fetus to term in order to prove their case.“
We note that NM State Rep Brown now says this has all been a terrible misunderstanding. She didn’t properly read the bill, nor — presumably — did the other nine Republican women who sponsored it.
Perhaps this is one of those “if you believe that, we have a bridge we’d like to sell you” moments. It’s a well-known fact that women are expected to be more diligent and more qualified to be elected to office in the first place. Such professed carelessness on Brown’s part — an attorney, no less — suggests that the Facebook recall petition facing the legislator may have a valid purpose. Of course, the future of the Republican War on Women Gang of 10 is for the people of New Mexico to decide. Our only purpose is to report the event.
AOC does believe that boilerplate bills like this one are sitting on the desks of legislators all over America. Remember, that in 2010 Utah had enough votes to pass a bill making miscarriage a felony in the state. Only the threatened Republican governor veto kept the bill from becoming law. In South Dakota, proposed legislation to make it justifiable homicide for a man to kill his wife for aiding their daughter obtain an abortion was withdrawn, after blogs like AOC threw the proposed legislation all over our front page.
Note that in South Dalota — like in Utah — like in New Mexico — sponsors of the legislation said “no, no — we would never harm the mother.” You read the bill below in plain English, and you tell me what it says.
I have myself been in police protection for a year with a deranged pro-lifer determined to kill me for being a supporter of women’s rights. I feel strongly that women like myself —who seek to keep women out of jail in America for exercising a Supreme Court right — not be silenced by other women like this Republican Gang of 10 who seek to put women in jail for exercising that Supreme Court right.
Let us all stand together as public figures with opposing views in this latest volley in the Republican War on Women. ~ Anne
All of the women except Jane E. Powdrell-Culbert (R) were endorsed by New Mexico’s Catholicsvotecatholic.com. Notably her district isn’t even listed on the straight pro-Republican, anti-Democrat Catholics Vote Catholic lineup, wth one exception: Democrat W. Ken Martinez, district 70.