An extreme anti-abortion bill is being pushed in New Mexico that could land a woman in jail if she aborts her rapists baby.
State Rep. Cathrynn Brown (R) introduced House Bill 206 that would charge a woman with a third-degree felony if she is raped and gets an abortion. The reasoning for the charge, "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 would require the rape victim to carry the fetus to term in order to use the fetus as evidence in trial.
The Democrats have a full majority in both houses of the state congress so the bill is unlikely to pass, but a third degree felony carries a punishment of up to three years in prison. Over the last few years, anti-abortion bills have been brought up and resulted in mixed success. Earlier this month, Rep. Ron Mendive, a Republican lawmaker from Idaho, compared a woman having an abortion to prostitution.