Pa. bill would strengthen rights of rape victims

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Pennsylvania lawmaker has introduced legislation to strengthen the rights of rape victims who have a child as a result of the assault.

Rep. Joe Hackett (R-Delaware) said his proposal, House Bill 410, requires courts to take the victim’s wishes into consideration when determining whether custody is granted to the rapist.

The measure would maintain the offender’s obligation to pay child support even if parental rights are terminated.

Under current Pennsylvania law, if a woman gives birth to a child conceived as a result of rape, it is up to the courts to determine what is in the best interest of the child when awarding custody to the rapist.

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