The people who see foetuses as more important than women will go to any lengths to push their skewed view of humanity on the rest of society. The Raw Story reports on a bill being proposed in New Mexico.
A measure proposed by a Republican lawmaker in New Mexico would make it illegal for a woman to abort a fetus sired by a rapist on the grounds that the woman is “tampering with evidence” in the suspect’s trial.
Here is the pertinent text of House Bill 206.
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.
According to the article in the Raw Story, the New Mexico Legislature is dominated by Democrats, so the bill is highly unlikely to pass. It does demonstrate just how far some anti-abortionists are willing to go in their attack on women’s rights.
Rape is traumatic for the victims in many different ways. There is the actual physical assault, then there is the victim blaming/slut shaming if she complains, and the lack of desire or ability of the authorities to investigate or prosecute. On top of that, some would leave the woman no choice but to bear the attacker’s child.
This does bring up the impractical nature of rape exemptions for anti-abortion laws. According to the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network, 54% of rapes are never reported to the police. Only 12% lead to an arrest and 9% follow through to prosecution. In the end, only 5% are convicted and 3% spend any time in jail.
At what point can we assume a woman qualifies for an abortion? Does she have to make a formal complaint? Does there need to be an arrest? A conviction? There have been so many examples of rapists who have been supported by their church, school, or community that in many instances a woman would need extraordinary strength just to make an accusation. Yet, those opposed would victimize her again.
Explain to me how this is in any way ethical or even decent.