I was just doing my afternoon not-work, when I came upon an article alerting me that Republicans are trying to pass a controversial new bill in New Mexico. What could New Mexico be up to? Maybe something gun related? Maybe some racist action on the border? Maybe something about praying and church and how could we come from monkeys if monkeys still exist? Believe it or not, it was none of those highly likely possibilities.
According to Huffington Post, “A Republican lawmaker in New Mexico introduced a bill on Wednesday that would legally require victims of rape to carry their pregnancies to term in order to use the fetus as evidence for a sexual assault trial.”
Say what now? We must all be reading this incorrectly, right? Huffington Post must be doing more of their “journalism” where nothing is true at all, right?
Sadly, this is true. You see, State Representative (and Paula Dean look-alike) Cathrynn Brown, who introduced Bill 206, thinks an abortion after rape should be considered “tampering with evidence.” Using that un-logic, aren’t doctor’s tampering with evidence when they remove bullets from victims of gun violence? Fire fighters tampering with evidence when they put out a fire from arson? Shouldn’t people with stab wounds refuse stitches? I mean really – you better leave that gaping wound open or how are we supposed to prosecute the assailant, dummy!
FYI: Tampering with evidence can come with a sentence to up to three years in jail, which to be fair, is way less than a lifetime of forced-parenthood.
Luckily, there is no way in hell (aka New Mexico) this bill will pass. Unluckily, there are people who believe this makes sense. And not just people with no teeth and/or education, an actual state representative, elected to government, who I assume can read and write, and understand what “rape” is, an educated WOMAN brought this bill.
And what does this chatty Cathy have to say for herself? “New Mexico needs to strengthen its laws to deter sex offenders.” Well I’m down with that. Good point. “By adding this law in New Mexico, we can help to protect women across our state.” Oh Cathy, you can’t really believe that! You know the saying, “with friends like you, who needs enemies?” Well, with protectors like you, who needs sex offenders!? Well, nobody obviously. The point is, you’re the worst, lady. How about we worry a little less about tampering with evidence and worry a little more about tampering with women’s rights and bodies? Ain’t that a novel idea!
“The bill turns victims of rape and incest into felons and forces them to become incubators of evidence for the state,” said
every logical person in America Pat Davis of Progress Now 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.” And the worst part is they’ll be bringing that child into a world where rapists AND Cathrynn Brown exist.
This is appalling and shocking. This is deeply offensive. This is what America should be talking about. I’m not offended that Manti Te’o made up a girlfriend for some very confusing and weird reason. I’m not offended that Lance Armstrong did a bunch of stealthy steroids in order to win races and make millions. I’m not offended that Beyoncé did, in fact, lip-sync “The Star Spangled Banner” at Obama’s second inauguration (I mean, more importantly, she looked fabulous!). I am offended by Rep. Cathrynn Brown and her hateful, shameful attack on rape victim’s rights.
No woman should be punished by the government after being a victim of rape. No woman should be forced to carry a rape-caused pregnancy to term. No woman should propose a bill that limits victim’s rights. And next time Cathrynn Brown is up for re-election, no woman should vote for her.
Also, no woman should have that hairstyle. For real ice-queen, update your do.
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