Target: New Mexico State Legislature
Goal: Prevent passage of bill that would force a rape victim to carry her fetus to term
Recently, Republican lawmaker Cathrynn Brown introduced a bill to the legislature of New Mexico. The bill states that if a woman is impregnated after a rape, she must carry the fetus to term in order to preserve “evidence” of the crime. Representative Brown claims the bill would protect women by guaranteeing a conviction, but the legislation is simply a roundabout way for Republicans to take away a woman’s right to choose. Urge New Mexico lawmakers to reject this bill and protect the well-being of women in their state.
All over the country, women’s rights are being trampled. From Indiana to Mississippi to Alaska, abortion clinics are defunded and closed, insurance coverage is denied, and access to birth control is hampered. Many states have such strict laws that if Roe v. Wade were overturned tomorrow, little would change for women’s health.
Now, New Mexico is attempting to become more restrictive. With this new bill, women’s rights are challenged in a new way. If a woman is raped and impregnated, the bill would force her to carry the fetus to term. This way, she would have evidence of the crime growing inside her. The evidence could be presented in court and the guilty man would be put in jail.
This bill is ridiculous. If investigators do their jobs properly, they can find significant evidence of a rape by simply photographing the victim and taking fluid samples. A fetus or live baby is completely unnecessary to arrest and convict the perpetrator. Representative Brown and her fellow Republicans are just attempting to further restrict women’s rights.
Urge New Mexico lawmakers to reject Representative Brown’s new bill. Forcing rape victims to carry unwanted children causes serious pain and suffering and tramples the rights of women. If the victim wants an abortion, she should have a right to that abortion, no questions asked.
Dear New Mexico Legislature,
Please reject the bill recently proposed by Representative Cathrynn Brown. The bill claims to protect women against sex offenders but is actually just another way to revoke a woman’s right to choose.
Representative Brown is not the first lawmaker to propose restrictions on abortion. From Mississippi to Michigan to Alaska, state representatives are passing regulations preventing women from finding adequate reproductive health care. Planned Parenthood clinics are defunded and closed, insurance coverage is denied, and access to affordable birth control is hampered. Many states have such strict laws that if Roe v. Wade were overturned tomorrow, little would change for women’s health.
Now, Representative Brown is attempting to make your state just as restrictive. Her new bill would force pregnant rape victims to carry their fetuses to term in order to provide “evidence” of the crime. She claims that if the bill becomes law, sex offenders will be unable to get away with their crimes because there will be fetuses and babies to prove their guilt.
This bill is preposterous. A judge and jury do not need to see a baby in order to convict a rapist. They need good photographic evidence, fluid samples, and testimonies. This bill is simply another way Republicans are attempting to limit a woman’s right to choose. Please reject this nonsense and draft laws that actually protect the women in your state.
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