RELEASE:WHOA! NM GOP Introduces Bill That Forces Woman to Carry Fetus For Use As "Evidence"
24 January 2013
NM Republican Lawmaker Introduces Bill that Forces Rape Victims to Carry Fetus to Term for Use As Evidence
Criminalizes Victims Who Seek Protection from Rape/Incest
January 24, 2013
For Immediate Release
Contact: Scott Forrester – 505-934-5681
Albuquerque, NM - NM Republican State Representative Cathrynn Brown has introduced so-called"Exhibit
Yes, you read that correctly. The Republican Party in New Mexico, led by Gov. Susana Martinez, is continuing the War on Women right here in the Land of Enchantment.
Here is the exact language:
“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 or criminal sexual penetration or incest with the intent to destroy evidence of the crime.
Below is a statement from DPNM Chairman Javier Gonzales following the introduction of the "Exhibit A" bill:
"This is a sad day for women, and really a sad day for all New Mexicans. Instead of focusing on the number one priority of bringing jobs to New Mexico, Republican lawmakers continue their war on women by introducing this
"This bill is wrong, and should never see the light of day in any legislature in this country, let alone New Mexico. The War on Women in America has to stop. No woman should ever be forced to carry a child for "evidence," plain and simple. I call on the leaders of the Republican Party of New Mexico and Governor Susana Martinez to denounce this bill and I hope we can get back to a focus on what New Mexico families are starving for: Jobs.
"I'm also urging all New Mexicans to call Cathrynn Brown's official number at (505) 986-4248 or email her official address at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know that this bill is completely out of line."