Withdraw New Mexico Bill Criminalizing Abortion by Rape Victims
  • Petitioned Rep. Cathrynn Brown

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New Mexico House Representative of District 55
Rep. Cathrynn Brown

Withdraw New Mexico Bill Criminalizing Abortion by Rape Victims

    1. Laura Dunn
    2. Petition by

      Laura Dunn

      Baltimore, MD

January 2013


Laura Dunn: Rep. Brown amended her bill to avoid criminalizing a rape victim's decision to terminate a forced pregnancy.

The American public is sick and tired of politicians curtailing reproductive rights by attacking rape victims. Rape is a heinous crime that removes a victim's power and control of her own body. Any legislation that likewise removes a women's ability to address the negative consequences of rape, which includes pregnancy, is furthering the violation of her body. Victims should have rights to healthcare and the private decisions they make to cope with the horror done to them should remain private and not the substance of offense State legislation.

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Rep. Cathrynn Brown, New Mexico House Representative of District 55
House Bill 206 criminalizing abortions for rape victims is offensive and we ask you to withdraw it immediately!

Victims deserve privacy in the way they chose to deal with their sexual assault. How dare you make criminals out of those who have already suffered so much for wanting to end a pregnancy that they never intended.

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Recent signatures


    1. Rep. Brown amends her Bill

      Laura Dunn
      Petition Organizer
      That mistaken New Mexico abortion bill, revised

      This was the extreme example. In New Mexico, a proposed bill would have made abortions third-degree felonies specifically in cases of rape or incest, branding them as "tampering with evidence." That is certainly one way to look at it. I hope the state was ready to rear little Exhibit A-9 and Exhibit B-4 when the trial ended.

    2. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Phillipa Arbib SANTA FE, NM
      • over 1 year ago

      this bill is criminal and further victimizes the rape victim! shame on you!

    • Mary Staub CARLSBAD, NM
      • over 1 year ago

      This woman, and I am in her district, is poorly qualified to do her job. Judging form her reaction to furor over a bill that she is the credited author, she seems to be either illiterate or completely lacking in judgement.

    • sarah barba ALBUQUERQUE, NM
      • over 1 year ago

      I am a woman and I believe that my body is my own. If it is violated in any way it is my decision on how to handle the consequences of that violation.

    • Tena Prescott ALBUQURERQUE, NM
      • over 1 year ago

      Women have to be protected from this kind of thinking.

    • Susan Korstad MAPLE RIDGE BC, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      I have to explain why ??? I am so enraged at the thought that there are women, let alone politicians in the world that could even consider , let alone think that this is acceptable. May God help us all... This violates all human dignity .


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