April 10, 2015 by Chris Kite
How sad is it when legislation like this doesn’t just sail through to become law?
It is more than a little infuriating that quite a few states don’t have a law in place that prevents rapists from having visitation and/or custody rights with a child conceived thru their rape of a woman. But it turns out that this law couldn’t get passed because it required $5M a year over five years. To their credit, many states have laws in place that prevent this. But too many states do not. Those states include: AZ; NM; WY; NE; ND; MN; IA; MS; AL; GA; IN; OH; KY; WV; MD; DL; NY; MA; CT; RI; and HI.
In those states, a rape victim that decides to have the baby then has to go on to deal with the very real possibility that the person that raped them is going to get rights to visit or even have custody of the child.
I don’t know about you, but this seems jaw droppingly stupid and beyond belief that $5M a year cannot be found to fund the federal legislation that will push states toward adopting these laws.