Stop New Mexico From Criminalizing Abortion After Rape

Target: New Mexico State Representative, Cathrynn Brown

Goal: Don’t make it illegal for women who have been impregnated as a result of rape to get an abortion

New Mexico state representative Cathrynn Brown has introduced a new bill that would make it illegal for a woman to have an abortion after being raped. Brown argues that the fetus is evidence of the crime and by having an abortion, the woman would be tampering with evidence. This would lead the woman to being charged with a third degree felony, which leads to a 3-year prison sentence in the state of New Mexico. This bill tramples on women’s rights and must be abolished.

The proposed bill would punish the woman who has been raped for a crime that was committed by a man. The man would be completely off the hook while the woman is sitting in a jail cell. According to RAINN, (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) 97% of rapists never even spend a night in jail. New Mexico needs to work on going after sex offenders, not criminalizing their helpless victims.

The fact that this bill was even imagined is disgusting, and it is even more shocking that a woman has proposed it. It is a woman’s right to choose how she goes forth in a pregnancy, whether she was raped or not. Sign the petition below to abolish this ridiculous bill.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Cathrynn Brown,

The proposed bill that would criminalize women who have an abortion after they have been raped is a step back in our fight for women’s rights. The woman is nothing but a helpless victim in an uncomfortable situation. No woman would ever want to willingly hold onto a pregnancy that was the result of a rape just because they are threatened with jail time.

It is always a woman’s decision to go through with a pregnancy. Hanging the threat of jail time over the head of someone who has just been raped will do nothing to help her situation. Going through with a pregnancy that was conceived during a rape would be psychologically traumatizing for the woman. The man gets off free without any responsibility while the woman’s life is forever changed.

Your state needs to pursue better measures for finding and punishing sex offenders, not the innocent victims that will have to forever live with what has happened to them. Please reconsider this proposed bill and try to find a better solution for catching rapists.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Sarah Wilhoit Sarah Wilhoit says:

    This proposed bill is unimaginable. I cannot believe New Mexico legislators would even consider punishing women for being raped by forcing them to carry any resulting child to term. Besides, isn’t this policy illegal on a federal level?

  2. …And then Conan came? cause this is barbaric!

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