Thursday, January 24, 2013

Republicans want to turn rape victims into criminals

By Michael J.W. Stickings

Republicans just can't stop talking about rape, can they? Here's the latest:

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. 

House Bill 206, introduced by state Rep. Cathrynn Brown (R), would charge a rape victim who ended her pregnancy with a third-degree felony for "tampering with evidence."

"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," the bill says. 

That's right, if you're raped and get an abortion, which of course is a constitutional right, Republicans want to throw the book at you, make you the criminal.

Crazy? Yes, but really not much of a stretch for Republicans.

Tell me again how they're not waging war on women?

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