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Jun 11 - Rape survivor fighting rapist for custody of child in Alabama


 


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Lord God 85 heat pts85
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Jun 11 - r*pe survivor f*ghting rapist for custody of child in Alabama
 

 

When a young woman came to the Family Services of North Alabama office last year for help with trauma, saying she had been r*ped by her step-uncle when she was 15, r*pe crisis advocate Portia Shepherd heard something that “killed me, shocked me”.

The step-uncle, who was getting out of jail after a drug conviction, wanted to be a part of their child’s life.

And in Alabama, the alleged rapist could get custody.

“It’s the craziest thing I ever heard in my life,” said Ms Shepherd. “On the state level, people were shocked. How could Alabama even be missing this law?”

Alabama is one of two states with no statute terminating parental rights for a person found to have conceived the child by r*pe or incest, a fact that has gained fresh relevance since its lawmakers adopted the nation’s strictest abortion ban in May.

That statute even outlaws the procedure for victims of s*xual a*sault and jails doctors who perform it, except in cases of serious risk to the woman’s health.

While the Alabama abortion law has been challenged in court, abortion rights activists fear it could reduce access to the procedure, forcing r*pe victims to bear children and co-parent with their attackers.

Last month, Alabama lawmakers considered a bill that addressed ending parental rights in cases of r*pe that result in conception, but the legislature removed that language, limiting the law to cases in which people s*xually a*sault their children.

State Senator Vivian Figures and other lawmakers believed the language that was removed could have excluded boys who were a*saulted, because they cannot get pregnant.

Talking openly about abortion is how we confront the extremists
Ms Figures said she didn’t know Alabama lacked a statute preventing rapists from gaining custody of their offspring, but told The Washington Post that she now plans to introduce a bill in the next legislative session.

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12 comments for "Jun 11 - Rape survivor fighting rapist for custody of child in Alabama"

 5 days ago '17        #2
Naga Sadow 43 heat pts43
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Leave it to that backwards crap hole Alabama.

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 5 days ago '18        #3
Sandyy 5 heat pts
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If you live in alabama you get what you get - that gov has shown nothing but hate since the union dragged their sorry a*ses back into the federation.

We cant waste energy on a place that will never change.
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 5 days ago '18        #4
Lord God 85 heat pts85 OP
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 Sandyy said
If you live in alabama you get what you get - that gov has shown nothing but hate since the union dragged their sorry a*ses back into the federation.

We cant waste energy on a place that will never change.
Preach
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 5 days ago '04        #5
memphis10 10 heat pts10
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im pro-abortion. the services should have been given to her.

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kriskross00 133 heat pts133
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Wtf is a step uncle?

 5 days ago '11        #7
tonio25 6 heat pts
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Only in Alabama

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justinjones 312 heat pts312
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 kriskross00 said
Wtf is a step uncle?
im mean technically it can be thing..but I would think his sister/brother would want to beat his a*s after that


But then again it is bama

 5 days ago '19        #9
Gold Face 2 heat pts
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You gotta hand it to Alabama for staying consistently bad

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 5 days ago '15        #10
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Taking bids....




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 5 days ago '12        #11
OldBusiness 180 heat pts180
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It's crazy to watch and listen to lawmakers here act like their hands are tied and not wanting to touch the issue. disgusting and sad all the way around.
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 5 days ago '04        #13
hedake 20 heat pts20
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alabama coming at florida's neck
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