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Bill to deny rapists parents’ rights advances in Vt. House

The Vermont House has made a strong vote in favor of legislation to deny parental rights to perpetrators when a sexual assault results in pregnancy. The House gave preliminary approval to the measure Friday on a 135-to-0 roll call vote. The bill says that if a rape results in pregnancy, the mother can petition the court to deny parental rights to the perpetrator of the rape. Representative Vicki Strong, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said that now Vermont law does not prevent a rapist from demanding parental custody and other rights and thereby remaining in a victim’s life for years.