Foetuses that were the result of rape, said Cathrynn Brown, constituted “evidence of a crime”.

If  House Bill 206 becomes law, a rape victim who ended her pregnancy would be charged with a third-degree felony for “tampering with evidence.”

The bill says:

Tampering with evidence shall include procuring or facilitating an abortion, or compelling or coercing another to obtain an abortion, of a foetus that is the result of criminal sexual penetration or incest with the intent to destroy evidence of the crime.

Third-degree felonies in New Mexico carry a sentence of up to three years in prison.

Pat Davis of ProgressNow New Mexico, a progressive non-profit opposing the bill, yesterday called it:

Blatantly unconstitutional. The bill turns victims of rape and incest into felons and forces them to become incubators of evidence for the state. According to Republican philosophy, victims who are ‘legitimately raped’ will now have to carry the foetus to term in order to prove their case.

The bill is unlikely to pass, as Democrats have a majority in both chambers of New Mexico’s state legislature.