“If [a woman] chooses to raise the child herself, it could mean her rapist inserting himself into her life for the next 18 years,” said the pro choice activist group NARAL. “The perpetrator may also hinder efforts to place the child up for adoption. In some extreme cases, rapists have only agreed to allow an adoption to go forward if the victim promised not to testify against him at trial.”
Democratic Senator Cheryl Kagan, who was present for the General Assembly session, said that “not having women on the committee was tone-deaf.”
Maryland is one of seven states that has no law in place protecting women from being forced to share custody with their rapist.