The Clown Award, given for acts of meritorious stupidity.
This week, I have to tell you, I was tempted to make this the Outrage of the Week but ultimately decided it was so astonishingly dumb that it fit better here. Think of it as an Evil Clown Award.
In any event, the big red nose this week goes to New Mexico state representative Cathrynn Brown, a Republican (duh).
This twit, who apparently looks for a train of logic ten minutes after it left the station, has introduced a bill that would in effect legally require women who became pregnant as the result of rape or incest to carry their pregnancies to term in order to use the fetus as evidence for a charge of sexual assault. A rape victim who ended her pregnancy could be charged with a felony for "tampering with evidence" and face up to three years in prison. In the bill's actual words:
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.Brown, believe it or not, said she introduced the bill "to protect women." But as Pat Davis of ProgressNow New Mexico said, it really means that "victims who are ‘legitimately raped’ will now have to carry the fetus to term in order to prove their case.“
The upside of this is that the bill is unlikely to pass, which is largely why it is here rather than as the Outrage of the Week - but that doesn't change the fact that Cathrynn Brown, you are a clown.