By Tony Romeo
HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — The state Senate has voted unanimously to send the House a bill that would eliminate the parental rights of offenders in cases where a child is conceived by rape.READ MORE: Philadelphia Police: 25-Year-Old Man Fatally Struck By Vehicle That Ran Red Light In East Falls
Republican Senator Randy Vulakovich says if the parental rights of the rapist are terminated, so is the obligation to pay child support to the victim.READ MORE: WATCH: Country Music Star Jimmie Allen Apologizes To Eagles Fans For Fishing With Cowboys' Dak Prescott
“If he demands his visitation rights, she’d be forced to connect with him. In essence, she could be repeatedly subjected to enduring the pain and reliving the trauma that the criminal inflicted on her.”
The bill sponsored by Vulakovich corrects what victim advocates have called a bizarre loophole in Pennsylvania law, by allowing the courts to terminate a convicted rapist’s parental rights while maintaining the offender’s obligation to pay child support.MORE NEWS: Family, Friends Celebrate World War II Veteran's Birthday In Burlington County
The bill now goes to the state House for consideration.