New Mexico state Rep. Cathrynn Brown (R) introduced a bill that was aimed at jailing rape victims who abort their pregnancies for "tampering with evidence." The bill had then been watered down to just include language that exempts rape victims from prosecution, on thank guys for not trying to prosecute rape victims, but still leaves language that could lead to abortion providers or those who help pay for the abortion to be investigated for the same thing. I would laugh if this kind of thing was not so frightening.
Amanda Marcotte over at Slate points out that Rep. Brown serves in a Democratic-controlled state, so the bill has little chance of passing. She also once introduced a bill that would have created a registry for drug offenders; one modeled after the sex offender registry. As a former addict, I know firsthand that makes zero sense. Police already have peoples arrest records, they do not need to blast this information all over the place. Addiction is a disease, one that oftentimes comes from years of abuse or mental illnesses. Building a registry that anyone could see would make recovering from this disease that much harder.
This is just another example of why Republicans will be hard pressed to win the women vote anytime soon.
I am pro-life, and I think this bill is absolutely ridiculous. I personally would not want to have a child of mine aborted.
It saddens me that some women want to do this. As a man, I understand I won’t understand why a women feels the need to do this; except in cases of rape. I believe it is sad that the baby will receive a death penalty and the offender may get away. However, that does not mean I have all the answers; it should be up to the women do choose what they will do with their bodies. As a man, it’s only my job to protect my children and to profess that I do not like abortions. I am afraid that if we ban abortions, women will be forced to get them underground, and we know how well that worked out.
Either way, Republicans cannot seem to leave rape alone.