First, a New Mexico lawmaker (a woman, no less) proposes that women who conceive from rape cannot have an abortion because the conception is evidence.
House Bill 206, introduced by state Rep. Cathrynn Brown (R), would charge a rape victim who ended her pregnancy with a third-degree felony for "tampering with evidence."
“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," the bill says....
“The bill turns victims of rape and incest into felons and forces them to become incubators of evidence for the state,” [Pat Davis of ProgressNow New Mexico] said. “According to Republican philosophy, victims who are ‘legitimately raped’ will now have to carry the fetus to term in order to prove their case.“
Then, in Annals of Hypocrisy, the lawyers for a Catholic hospital have declared that 7-month fetuses are not persons...not if the hospital is being sued for their wrongful death, that is.
Toward those ends, Catholic Health facilities seek to follow the Ethical and Religious Directives of the Catholic Church authored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Those rules have stirred controversy for decades, mainly for forbidding non-natural birth control and abortions. ...So, if you don't want the baby it's a person, and if you do want it, it's not....at least, not if it costs the Church money.
But when it came to mounting a defense in the Stodghill case, Catholic Health’s lawyers effectively turned the Church directives on their head. Catholic organizations have for decades fought to change federal and state laws that fail to protect “unborn persons,” and Catholic Health’s lawyers in this case had the chance to set precedent bolstering anti-abortion legal arguments. Instead, they are arguing state law protects doctors from liability concerning unborn fetuses on grounds that those fetuses are not persons with legal rights.