New Mexico Removes “Forcible” From Rape Descripton
The world “forcible” is being removed from the description of rape in New Mexico to reset regulations under which a parent can qualify for child care aid.
Following media attention, Governor Susana Martinez last week took out the word “forcible,” said Enrique Knell, spokesman for New Mexico’s Children Youth and Families Department.
“The governor felt it wasn’t necessary. The word forcible was redundant,” Knell said.
The wording was part of a proposed update of a regulation that requires a single parent seeking state child care assistance to first seek money from the other parent. Exemptions to the law include cases where the parent was subject to domestic violence, stalking or rape. In those cases it could be dangerous to seek assistance from the other parent.