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Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Friday, March 20, 2015

Parental Rights in PA

From 90.5 WESA:

“It’s an unbelievable thing,” said Kristen Houser, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, referencing current PA laws that allow a convicted rapist to maintain parental rights over a child conceived through rape.

State Senator Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny) and Representative Joe Hackett (R-Delaware) are introducing the Rape Survivor Child Custody and Support Act in the Senate and House, respectively. Under this legislation, courts can terminate the parental rights of a convicted rapist while maintaining the rapist’s obligation to pay child support.

Vulakovich says this will close a large loophole in Pennsylvania law that is potentially damaging to sexual assault survivors.

Read more here.

MR

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