It happens every day. In fact, it is pretty hard to avoid it. There are some things that can only be understood with a slap on the forehead. Things so mind-boggling that one wonders how humans managed to evolve thumbs while being this mentally inept. Case in point:
A New Mexico State Representative introduces a bill that treats the unborn as “evidence”, and the left loses what little mind it has left
New Mexico State Rep. Cathrynn Brown presented House bill 206 which calls for treating any forced or coerced abortion as a criminal evidence tampering. From the bill:
“30-22-5. TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE.–
A. Tampering with evidence consists of destroying, changing, hiding, placing or fabricating any physical evidence with intent to prevent the apprehension, prosecution or conviction of any person or to throw suspicion of the commission of a crime upon another.
B. 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 bolds are mine, and it appears they need to be pointed out because none of the liberals and feminists going bananas over this seem to understand that part. Granted, laws are not written in common language. They are often written to be interpreted different ways. Yet it is clear from the language that the law is intended to punish those who force female rape victims to get abortions, not the victims themselves.
Any basic reading of the law would make that obvious, but that would work against the left’s tendency to overreact to anyone who does not support their views. Of course, the last six months have featured a number of Republican politicians saying stupid things about female rape and abortion. That would explain part of the reaction, however, that does not mean liberals should jump to conclusions like this:
Democratic Party of New Mexico Chairman Javier Gonzales called the bill an “atrocious piece of legislation.”
“This bill is wrong and should never see the light of day in any legislature in this country, let alone New Mexico,” Gonzales said. “The war on women in America has to stop. No woman should ever be forced to carry a child for ‘evidence,’ plain and simple.”
Again, that is not what the bill says. At all. Not even remotely close to what it says. There is nothing in the proposed law that says anything about forcing anyone to carry a child “for evidence”. Plain and simple, that is just a strawman that the left is using to attack a bill they would likely support if any feminist or Democrat proposed it.
The left has a problem with abortion, and it is that they cannot get around the morality issue that prompts most people not to support the act. Their only method of dealing with this is playing to people’s emotions by treating women as victims. Any effort to treat this complex issue with the nuance it deserves results in the above head spinning.
That brings us to the real problem with the bill: how would the state know who was coerced or forced to have an abortion? Assuming the female does not mention it, on what grounds would the state have to assume coercion or forced was used? And aside from cases dealing with minors and those in which the accused denied having sex with the accuser, how would the unborn child be evidence that a rape occurred?
This would no more be evidence than the presence of semen in a condom. In case where the accused claims the sex was consensual and the accuser claims it was not, neither a used condom or an unborn child is much help. The only way to address that problem would be interviewing those involved and checking their stories and their credibility.
The bill is pointless and redundant. New Mexico already has evidence tampering laws, and there is no reason why a skillful prosecutor could not convince a judge that those laws could extend to someone forcing a person to have an abortion to cover up a rape. Even then, that would already qualify as witness tampering, which would carry a stiff penalty on its own.
I understand Brown’s intent. It is not a bad one. All the legislators who backed this bill are women, so it is not another example of “teh menz trying to control wyminz bodies”. Even those evil “white menz” likely have good intentions. Nevertheless, this is a stupid bill presented at the worst time for the Republican party. I have no problem with Republicans making further fools out of themselves, but this one could have been avoided. They already look bad and backwards, this does not help.
Likewise, as much as I enjoy watching liberals make themselves look like overreacting, gibbering masses of stupid, this really is not the case to go after. They really do not disagree with the intent of the bill. If anyone from their side proposed it, they would support it. This is just a case of the left wanting to score points against the right, and having their heads wedged so firmly up their own asses that they cannot help but see shit everywhere.
Everyone should take a breath and calm down.