Bill To Block Rapists’ Parental Rights Remains Stalled In Ohio Senate
March 18, 2014
On Wednesday, three Ohio State University students with the reproductive rights organization Choice USA will deliver a petition to State Sen. John Eklund (R), chair of the Criminal Justice Committee, demanding that he advance the bill. The petition, created by the progressive advocacy group Ultraviolet, has already collected 60,000 signatures.
“No survivor should have to worry that her attacker is going to sue her if she becomes pregnant and has a child because of the rape,” the petition says. “No one should have to spend a lifetime tethered to their rapist, especially if it means watching a violent offender raise your child. But this is a potential reality for the 32,000 women who become pregnant from rape each year.”