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Imagine being a 21-year-old female college senior, looking forward to graduating and beginning a career and hopefully a family. Then her entire world crashes down on her when some complete stranger attacks and violently rapes her. In a matter of an instant, her most personal inner being is violated beyond comprehension. She no longer feels safe or secure anywhere. Her nights are filled with nightmares. She jumps at the slightest sound and she no longer trusts any man and is afraid to let any man get close enough to her to have a relationship.

She feels fortunate that she did not contract any type of STD, especially AIDs, but then she misses her first period. She goes to her doctor and is told that she is pregnant. Fear and panic engulf her once again. Against most advice, she decides to keep the baby and decides to raise the child herself.

For nine months, she goes to the doctor and arranges a way to pay all of her expenses not covered by her private, or employer or government healthcare. Then the blessed day comes and she finds herself in the delivery room where she gives birth to a healthy child. The next day, she takes her new baby home and spends the next several years raising her son or daughter.

Then she receives legal notice that the man who raped her has filed for joint or shared custody of her child. She’s frightened all over again as panic sets in. She goes to an attorney only to find out that in her state, the law seems to be on the side of the rapist and she is faced with the fact that her rapist, the father of her child, is legally allowed to gain shared custody of the child of his crime.

If she lived in Alabama, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Dakota or Wyoming, that’s exactly what the law allows. Just ask Shauna Prewitt of Maryland. She was a 21-year-old college senior in Maryland when she was raped and impregnated. She gave birth to a daughter and then was faced with being legally forced to share custody of the child with the man who raped her.

In Maryland, a bill was introduced in the legislature to block rapists’ parental rights to the children born from there violent crime. However, an all-male panel would not pass the bill on for consideration, according to a Fox News report:

“The Rape Survivor Family Protection Act, which received bipartisan support, passed in both the Maryland House and the state’s Senate but a panel of six male legislators had to create a final version of the legislation because the drafts approved by each house had considerable differences. A final bill failed to pass April 10 because time ran out on the last day of the Maryland General Assembly’s annual three-month session.”

“The Assembly isn’t set to reconvene until Jan. 10, 2018, but state legislators told Fox News an emergency session is being considered.”

“Maryland delegate Kathleen Dumais had introduced the legislation — her ninth time trying to pass a bill that changes the law surrounding custody rights for rape victims.”

“‘After nine years, Maryland can do better,’ Maryland State Sen. Cheryl Kagan told Fox News.”

To make matters worse, if Shauna Prewitt had decided to give her child up for adoption, Maryland law requires she obtain the approval of the rapist father before anything legal could be done. For once I have to agree with a Democrat, Kagan who commented:

“It’s insane to think that if a woman who became pregnant as a result of rape and wanted to continue her pregnancy and give her baby up for adoption would somehow need her rapist’s permission.’

“That’s nut. This issue is one that resonates so strongly with average folks who just don’t think it makes sense.”

Personally, I don’t believe a convicted rapist has any rights except to rot in prison for the rest of his life. I also would support having his male sex organs surgically removed at the base to prevent any chance of repeating his violent crime in the case he ever got released. If this happened to all convicted rapists, I bet there would be a lot less women being raped as men would not be willing to risk losing their manhood.

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