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Brown changes abortion bill after national outcry (updated)

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.

After Huffington Post reported on the bill, other national news organizations wrote about the bill. Even Comedy Central stepped in.

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:

The language which bars “procuring or facilitating an abortion” could still charge doctors who perform the abortions.

Update 12:50 pm:

You can see the new version of the bill on Brown’s website.

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Matthew Reichbach has blogged about New Mexico politics since 2006. Matthew was a co-founder of New Mexico FBIHOP with his brother and part of the original hirings at the groundbreaking website the New Mexico Independent. Matthew has covered events such as the Democratic National Convention and Netroots Nation. In addition to politics, Matthew is an avid sports fan, especially of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and TV fan.

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2 Responses to "Brown changes abortion bill after national outcry (updated)"

  1. The potential to charge doctors with a crime for providing an abortion, i.e., to limit access to reproductive services for women who need them, was probably the main incentive for the bill. It’s still bad policy, and it still has zero chance of making it to the floor of the House.

  2. el payaso says:

    wouldn’t an honest reportage of this story include noting that she was formerly a prime mover in Eddy county Right-to-Life and that this motivated her entry into politics? this, plus the still-existing implicit threat to prosecute doctors, makes clear that this bill is not about preserving evidence at all.