In Maine and 30 other states women who give birth as a result of rape must petition the courts to deny parental rights to the biological father, even if he has been convicted of sexual assault. The court may or may not approve the request. (See Maine statute 19-A MRSA §1658).
Thus a woman who chooses or is forced by law to bear a rapist’s child, thinking justice has been done once her attacker has been convicted, now goes on trial and may find herself legally chained to her assailant for at least 18 years because he has rights as a father.
The Republican solution? On the one hand they oppose abortion even in cases of rape, but offer no remedies for the legal or financial hardships their policies would impose on rape victims and the children they would be forced to bear.
On the other hand, if one is to believe Todd Akin, it doesn’t happen anyway since a woman’s body miraculously shuts down to prevent pregnancy due to “legitimate rape.”