When Raped Women Chose Not to Abort, 31 States Allow Visitation Rights for the Father

August 22, 2012 at 6:09 PM 3 comments

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan Think This is a Person

Ladies, imaging giving birth to a child conceived as a result of rape and then having continuous contact with the rapist — via his visitation rights — until that child comes of age.  I had no idea our laws were this barbaric:

You see, nine months after my rape, I gave birth to a beautiful little girl. You could say she was conceived in rape; she was. But she is also so much more than her beginnings. I blissfully believed that after I finally had decided to give birth to and to raise my daughter, life would be all roses and endless days at the playground. I was wrong again.

It would not be long before I would learn firsthand that in the vast majority of states — 31 — men who father through rape are able to assert the same custody and visitation rights to their children that other fathers enjoy. When no law prohibits a rapist from exercising these rights, a woman may feel forced to bargain away her legal rights to a criminal trial in exchange for the rapist dropping the bid to have access to her child.

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Go to the original article via the link above.  I can’t cut and paste it such that I do it justice.

These laws torture women and favor men.  Conservatives don’t want women to have abortions if they conceive via rape (which, according to them is very, very rare), but then they shove the rapist in the victim’s face — potentially for years on end — if they don’t.  A double anti-woman whammy.

This info blows my mind.

 

 

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Janet  |  August 24, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    I wonder what would happen if a victim gave up her parental rights and tried to give the baby to the rapist. I can’t imagine that the state would allow that to stand. Or imagine another scenario, demanding child support. Absurd, but an interesting exercise.

    BTW, when the state demands that a woman carry a child to term, then somebody sure as hell ought to pay for it.

  • 2. Don  |  September 10, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan thinking a fetus is a person have very good company–God. Psalm 139:13 states: “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”

  • 3. Say It Ain't So Already  |  September 10, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Problem is, we have separation of church and state in this country.

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