After a national outcry that forced her to take her contact information off the New Mexico legislature’s website, Rep. Cathrynn Brown, R-Carlsbad, has changed her bill relating to abortion.
The original language in the bill appeared to make it so women having an abortion of a pregnancy made through rape or incest could be charged with a felony charge of witness tampering. The new language, according to a KOB reporter, would specifically exempt the woman who was having the abortion.
It was an example of how fast in the age of the internet one small bill with little to no chance of even passing a committee could become a national story.
The bill had nine Republican co-sponsors.
Alex Goldsmith of KRQE tweeted:
Only change in new version of HB 206: “In no circumstance shall the mother of the fetus be charged under this subsection.” #nmleg
— Alex Goldsmith (@AlexG_Reporter) January 25, 2013
The language which bars “procuring or facilitating an abortion” could still charge doctors who perform the abortions.
Update 12:50 pm: