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All Male Panel Fails to Pass Rape Protection Act in Maryland

Photo by Mark Gail/The Washington Post via Getty Images
Photo by Mark Gail/The Washington Post via Getty Images
An all-male panel in Maryland failed to pass the Rape Survivor Family Protection Act, which would allow women who had a child from rape the right to block the rapists’ parental rights. The legislation was introduced by Maryland delegate Kathleen Dumais.
The panel reportedly ran out of time on the last day of the state’s General Assembly, and won’t reconvene until January 10, 2018.

“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.

[Via Time]

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