Thursday, August 23, 2012
Rapist Wants Parental Rights?
Today I'm concerned about a law in 31 states that gives rapist who impregnate their victims the same parental rights as other fathers. Yes, they have the right to visitation and custody of the child. If nothing else, Akins' faux pas will serve to enlighten many about antiquated laws and beliefs held by some of our fellow Americans. We are learning through the endless news coverage and reading interesting stories like the one about Shawna Pruett. Shawna gave birth to a baby conceived in rape and was faced with the challenge of having her rapist petition the court for parental rights. If nothing else, we are opening our eyes to laws and elected officials who have been allowed to stick around for far too long.
The GOP Platform Committee agreed earlier this week that it would seek passage of a constitutional amendment to ban abortion with no exceptions for rape or incest. I've heard men from both the Democrat and Republican parties speak out about this. Where is the outcry from female elected officials?