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
Yeah, this is a ludicrous, childish, emotional, and obviously spurious argument. The idiocy of wanting to codify into law every possible potential outrage stretches credulity at times. Just so we're clear, "no law" prohibiting a rapist from exercising custody rights means in 31 states, he'd be subject to the same child welfare system that, you know, removes your children from custody if you name them Adolf Hitler and buy a cake, or take them tanning with you. The idea that Billy the Rapist will somehow escape their notice upon his release from a jail sentence that is frequently longer than those of convicted killers, after registering as a sex offender and choosing to have contact with his magical unicorn rape baby is BATsh*t INSANE.
I get it, a rich white lady that had something terrible happen to her, then a politician made a statement about it that was tangentially related, so there has to be a CNN story. What I don't understand *at all* is what the point of this woman's attempt at getting legislation passed is, aside from the obvious vanity play of redeeming her self esteem through helping some (largely imaginary based on her article) others avoid some terrible fate. That's fine and everything, but believe it or not, there are situations where that doesn't actually require new legislation in 50 states. http://georgetownlawjournal.org/files/pdf/98-3/Prewitt.PDF
ck, I've never seen more instances of the word "may" in an academic paper in my life. Oh wait, it's a pity piece in a student law journal, my mistake; that explains the complete lack of coherent reasoning or factual basis for any of it. "For example, H.H. she believes was conceived through rape, although the court found insufﬁcient
evidence to reach that conclusion."
Wait a god damned minute, a woman who BELIEVES a child was conceived through rape can't deny a father's parental rights just because a court finds insufficient evidence of the veracity of the claim?? WHAT SORT OF COUNTRY DO WE EVEN LIVE IN????? How can it possibly be that a court can take such dastardly action as allowing a father convicted of no crime to see his children when their mother disagrees.
Stop being such a sucker for outrage porn. Seriously. It's embarrassing. Don't worry, though, I'm sure these laws will get passed. I mean, really, who's going to vote FOR a rapist having the right to see his child. Or any children, really. Maybe that's a good logical next step. And women, obviously, I mean who knows when he'll fire off another magic rape baby bullet then try really hard to be involved in it's life. Let's just skip to some Escape from New York style rapist impregnaior island, because that will solve this terrible problem of women maybe, sometime, kind of feeling pressure to avoid pressing rape charges because their rapist might want to have joint custody.
These are serious, serious problems, people, we should spend a great deal of energy and time and resources trying to address them. @#%^ sh*t like worrying about executing innocent people or sh*t like that. I mean omelet...eggs. amirite?