An Arkansas House panel has approved a measure that would terminate the parental rights of a convicted rapist to a child conceived as a result of rape.
Lawmakers on the House Committee on Aging, Children and Youth, Legislative and Military Affairs unanimously voted Friday to pass the bill. Under the legislation, most parental rights of a rapist to a child conceived as a result of rape would be automatically terminated upon a conviction of rape. The father would still be required to pay child support.
Democratic Rep. John Edwards of Little Rock is sponsoring the bill. He says the legislation is needed to protect the victims of rape.
The bill now moves to the House for a vote.
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