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STATE TO END PARENTAL RIGHTS OF RAPISTS

- U.S. News · Society · Discrimination · Law · Human Rights · Annapolis · Maryland · Democratic Party (United States) · Kathleen M. Dumais

AN­NAPO­LIS More than 10 years af­ter sup­port­ers be­gan push­ing for it, Mary­land’s leg­is­la­ture has de­cided — with unan­i­mous votes in the Se­nate and House — to en­able im­preg­nated rape vic­tims to ask judges to end the parental rights of their rapists.

Sup­port­ers say it has be­come em­bar­rass­ing that a state known for its pro­gres­sive pol­i­tics is one of the last to adopt such a law. They also credit a grow­ing sense of fe­male em­pow­er­ment for mak­ing the is­sue a pri­or­ity.

“I think we were mov­ing in the di­rec­tion of get­ting done this year, pe­riod, but I think the #MeToo move­ment cer­tainly helped,” said Del. Kath­leen Du­mais, a Demo­crat who prac­tices fam­ily law.

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