Daddy knows best: just becauses he's a rapist doesn't mean he doesn't have the right to shared custody of the child that results

Daddy knows best

by digby

Why do I have the feeling that most right-to-life zealots have no problem with this?

[N]ine months after my rape, I gave birth to a beautiful little girl. You could say she was conceived in rape; she was. But she is also so much more than her beginnings. I blissfully believed that after I finally had decided to give birth to and to raise my daughter, life would be all roses and endless days at the playground. I was wrong again.

It would not be long before I would learn firsthand that in the vast majority of states -- 31 -- men who father through rape are able to assert the same custody and visitation rights to their children that other fathers enjoy. When no law prohibits a rapist from exercising these rights, a woman may feel forced to bargain away her legal rights to a criminal trial in exchange for the rapist dropping the bid to have access to her child.

When faced with the choice between a lifetime tethered to her rapist or meaningful legal redress, the answer may be easy, but it is not painless. For the sake of her child, the woman will sacrifice her need to see her once immensely powerful perpetrator humbled by the court.

I know it because I lived it. I went to law school to learn how to stop it.
Today, it seems we may face a new and unbelievable challenge: convincing legislators that women can conceive when they are raped.

Make no mistake, my efforts and the efforts of others to persuade legislators to pass laws restricting the parental rights of men who father through rape will be directly impacted by Akin's recent comments. Whether these efforts will be helped or hurt, however, depends upon us as a society.

And who's to say, really, if the rape is legitimate rape or honest rape or if the lying slut is just trying to play the rape card again(like all those women in messy divorces do.) Since they presumably lie about this all the time in order to get abortions, why wouldn't they do it to deny decent men the right to their progeny?

When you peel away the layers of all this abortion, rape, contraception nonsense you end up in the same place: women are inveterate liars who will deny men their inherent right to their bodies and their offspring if their sexuality isn't tightly controlled by the church and the state. (It's not as if it's really about darling babies --- they're torturing women by making them go through childbirth even if their baby is dead.)

You just can't trust the beyotches. Never could: