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Rep. Brown Makes Good on Pledge, Unveils Revised Abortion Bill

SANTA FE, N.M. — One day after landing at the center of a national firestorm for her bill that some critics said would make it a crime for rape victims to have an abortion, Rep. Cathrynn Brown, R-Carlsbad, unveiled her proposed revisions to the legislation.

Brown, an attorney and second-term lawmaker, insisted yesterday her intent was not to impede abortion rights and that drafting errors distorted the bill’s aim (you can read today’s Journal story on the bill and its attendant controversy by clicking here).

Here is the language in Brown’s proposed revision to House Bill 206:

“Tampering with evidence shall include a person committing criminal sexual penetration or incest procuring or facilitating an abortion, or compelling or coercing another to obtain an abortion, of a fetus that is the result of the person’s act of criminal sexual penetration or incest with the intent to destroy evidence of the crime. In no circumstance shall the mother of the fetus be charged under this subsection.”

Here is the language of the bill as originally introduced, for comparison’s sake:

“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.”

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