- Politics and Social Issues
Rapists Have Paternity Rights In At Least 31 States
Rapists Need Rights, Women Don't
GOP: Force A Rape Victim To Give Birth And Let The Rapist Have Paternity Rights!
In one of the first laws brought to the US House of Representatives after the 2010 elections, Republicans tried to redefine rape so that any exceptions to abortion would be limited. They do not begin to care about victims of rape, nor do they find it reprehensible that in over 30 states, rapists have paternity rights. In some of those states, rapists are only allowed to have visitation rights, but some even allow the rapist to seek custody of the child.
"When a pregnancy results from rape, it is what God intended to happen." Indiana GOP candidate for Senate, Richard Mourdock, is in agreement with GOP candidates nationwide. He is not an aberration, he is mainstream. And as part of that mainstream, Mourdock wants to outlaw all abortions. Paul Ryan, the Republican vice-presidential candidate, believes a woman who is raped should be forced to give birth to the rapist's child, and regardless of what he says, Mitt Romney agrees. His platform includes advocating the Personhood Amendment, which outlaws abortion in ALL cases, no exceptions.
Do these stand-up guys also believe that the rapist should have paternity rights? I don't know because no one has asked any of them. Maybe we should inquire.
As near as I can tell, the *states that allow rapists to seek visitation by the rapist are:
- New Hampshire
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
* This list is from what I can find through Google searches and court cases. Even the Guttmacher Institute was unable to give me a list, just said at least 31 states. Anyone with different results, let me know...
Women And Choices
It is estimated that 30,000 women become pregnant each year due to rape and of those, many choose abortion, yet others choose to give birth and even choose to keep the child. Women should have that choice and whatever they choose is their business and I support their decisions.
The fact that rape victims who do choose to keep their children can then be forced to share the child with the rapist is however, outrageous!