Rape Survivor Family Protection Act Passed

The Rape Survivor Family Protection Act became law in February 2018, after years of legislative advocacy. The laws allows parents who became pregnant through an act of rape to petition to terminate the perpetrator’s parental rights. MCASA’s Executive Director and Counsel Lisae C. Jordan, Esq. commented on the impact of this long-awaited piece of legislation:

“I think it is respectful of rape victims to give them options. It is still a very tough row to hoe and we look forward to litigating cases. At least we [will] have a chance to fight.”

SALI will take related cases and is available to consult with attorneys using the law to help survivors.

The Rape Survivor Family Protection Act had been a top legislative priority for MCASA.

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Editorials published by the Washington Post:

  • March 23, 2016 – “Maryland should terminate rapists’ parental rights”
  • April 2, 2016 – “Maryland’s opportunity to make women and children safer”
  • April 15, 2016 – “Maryland’s ‘massacre’ of a bill to terminate rapists’ parental rights”