Legislature Bans Rapists From Custody Rights

TALLHASSEE (CBSMiami) – Florida lawmakers sent a bill to Governor Rick Scott’s desk Monday that would prohibit a convicted rapist from having any custody rights if the rape results in a child.

The House passed the bill on a 115-0 vote, the senate had previously approved the bill.

The law allows for a father’s parental rights to be cut off if his child was conceived during an act of sexual battery.

A staff report said at least 19 states allow for the termination of parental rights when the parent is the father of a child conceived as a result of sexual assault or incest.

A federal appeals court has said the U.S. Constitution doesn’t forbid states from penalizing a father’s illicit conduct by refusing to grant him parental rights.

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