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Ohio bill strips away parental rights of rapists who impregnate victims
Bill sprang from the Ariel Castro case

Jo Ingles
Rep. Nickie Antonio says the Ariel Castro case made the need for the law clear.
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Some state lawmakers are backing a bill that would deny parental rights to convicted rapists.

Democratic state Rep. Nickie Antonio of Lakewood says the need for the bill became clear when Amanda Berry was faced with the possibility that Ariel Castro -- the man who kidnapped and repeatedly raped her and two other women -- could legally have been able to get visiting rights for the child she conceived.

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“Ohio law currently only allows if there is a conviction of rape or a guilty plea, it only allows a woman to then independently give her child up for adoption or she still has the ability today to terminate the pregnancy," Antonio notes. "But this third option of raising the child, she does not have the assurances that she won’t get into a custody battle with her rapist potentially.

The bill would still mandate that the rapist would have to provide child support, even without visitation. The bill has bipartisan support and is backed by both abortion opponents and abortion rights activists


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