Mrs. Brown has apparently come a bit to her senses (after intense pressure and backlash, that is
Under pressure, New Mexico Rep. amends bill that would have charged rape victims who had abortions with “tampering with evidence”
One week after Republican lawmakers were advised not to talk about rape, a New Mexico state representative introduced a bill that would have criminalized abortions for rape victims. Facing intense criticism, the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Cathrynn Brown, has now amended the measure.
Facing an outcry over her controversial bill that would have charged rape victims who sought an abortion with “tampering with evidence,” New Mexico State Rep. Cathrynn Brown has offered revisions to the measure.
“House Bill 206 was never intended to punish or criminalize rape victims,” Rep. Brown told New Mexico Telegram. “Its intent is solely to deter rape and cases of incest. The rapist—not the victim—would be charged with tampering of evidence. I am submitting a substitute draft to make the intent of the legislation abundantly clear.”