Family Law Prof Blog

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

Monday, November 16, 2020

Child Born Out Of Rape: Rapist's Parental Rights

From Courier Times:

M.E. became pregnant after rape and sexual abuse, when she was 23, she got the courage to report her decades of sexual abuse story to the police. It took authorities two years to convict the man in two states. It took twice as long for M.E. to terminate her rapist's parental rights in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, the courts required women who conceive a child by rape or incest to have a replacement adoptive parent lined up first. M.E.'s four-year legal battle, which ended only after a state appeals court ruled in her favor, inspired unanimous approval in the state Legislature to close an "archaic" loophole in Pennsylvania's Adoption Act. 

Rape-related pregnancies — like the crime itself — are an underreported outcome of sexual violence, women’s rights and criminal justice experts said.  

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