Missouri Representative Todd Akin's comments incorporating his bogus and offensive concept of "legitimate rape" have understandably provoked much outcry, particularly from rape victims. Here, attorney Shauna Prewitt writes about her pregnancy as the result of rape and the often neglected legal consequences--child custody.
"In the vast majority of states, a rapist has the same custody and visitation rights to a child born through his crime as other fathers enjoy."
Her paper, titled "Giving Birth to a “Rapist’s Child”: A Discussion and Analysis of the Limited Legal Protections Afforded to Women Who Become Mothers Through Rape" and published in the Georgetown Law Review, is available here.
"…if the amendment passes a woman whose rape is not ruled "forcible," such as a young victim of statutory rape, would be forced to contact her rapist for child support in order to receive any state assistance."