HUFFINGTON POST: New Mexico Bill Would Criminalize Abortions After Rape As 'Tampering With Evidence' | Roland Martin Reports

HUFFINGTON POST: New Mexico Bill Would Criminalize Abortions After Rape As ‘Tampering With Evidence’

Source: Laura Bassett / The 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.

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.

Third-degree felonies in New Mexico carry a sentence of up to three years in prison.

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