TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – A bill now moving in the Florida Legislature would prohibit a convicted rapist from having any custody rights if the rape resulted in a child.
The bill (SB 964) would allow for a father's parental rights to be cut off if his child "was conceived during an act of sexual battery.''
It cleared the Senate Criminal Justice committee unanimously on Monday.
A staff analysis said at least 19 states allow for the "termination of parental rights in cases where the parent is the father of a child conceived as a result of sexual assault or incest.''
A federal appeals court upheld the concept behind the law by noting the Constitution doesn't forbid states from penalizing a "father's illicit conduct by refusing to grant him parental rights.''