Today in the War on Agency

[Content Note: Reproductive coercion; sexual violence.]

Laura Bassett at HuffPo:—New Mexico Bill Would Criminalize Abortions after Rape as 'Tampering With Evidence':
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.
In good news: "The bill is unlikely to pass, as Democrats have a majority in both chambers of New Mexico's state legislature."

In bad news: Members of the Republican Party still think shit like this is a good and reasonable idea.

This is reproductive coercion, but when an intimate partner seeks to control a person's reproduction, it's a deeply unethical and often criminal act, and when the GOP does it, it's Moral Values.

[H/T to mal black.]

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