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Veto the bill that would imprison rape victims who receive abortions

The GOP of New Mexico recently introduced a bill that denies a woman's right to choose abortion if she is a victim of rape.   The terms of the bill liken the abortion to "tampering with evidence" essentially forcing the woman to carry the pregnancy to term (the alternative is jail). 

A woman's body is her own - no matter what. In the case of rape, women need support and protection from their community, not to be isolated from their rights and their bodies. This proposed law criminalizes a woman's right to choose, rather than targetting a means to prevent rape in the first place.

To force a rape victim to carry her pregnancy to term is an extended violation against her personal security.

Please sign this petition if you agree this bill should be vetoed.

Aviva Shen of Think Progress writes a great article on the contradictory ideology behind this "pro-life" (anti-choice) proposal:  http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/01/24/1490691/new-mexico-lawmaker-rape-victims-who-get-abortions-should-be-arrested-for-tampering-with-evidence/

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  • Governor of New Mexico: Susana Martinez


    Ashley Seaman started this petition with a single signature, and now has 50 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.