State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) has applauded the Ohio House of Representatives’ passage of House Bill 257, legislation that gives women more control over parental rights if their child was conceived as a result of rape or sexual battery.
House Bill 257 provides victims of rape an essential tool to ensure that they have exclusive parental rights over their child, concurrently taking away the ability of a perpetrator to cause continuous emotional harm to the victim. Specifically, the legislation:
• Allows the mother of a child alleging that the child was conceived as a result of a sexual crime to bring an action to declare the father to be the parent of the child as a result of rape or sexual battery.
• Requires the court to declare that the father is the parent of a child conceived as a result of rape or sexual battery if the mother proves that she was a victim of a sexual crime caused by the father, and that the child was conceived by this act.
• Prohibits the courts from granting parental rights to the father if he is declared to have committed the rape or sexual battery and terminates all prior orders granting parental rights to the father regarding that child.
• Authorizes a juvenile court to grant permanent custody of a child to a public children services agency or private child placing agency that files a motion for permanent custody of the child if the court determines at the hearing, by clear and convincing evidence, that it is in the best interest of the child to grant permanent custody to the agency.
“The tragedy of rape should not be compounded by allowing parental rights to the criminal in question,” said Rep. Thompson. “This bill corrects that state of affairs.”
House Bill 257 passed by a vote of 93-0 and will now move to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.
State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) has set up an online legislative survey in an effort to gain feedback from the residents of the 95th Ohio House District regarding a variety of state issues. The survey can be accessed at www.tinyurl.com/ThompsonConstituentSurvey.
In an effort to obtain feedback from the residents of the 95th Ohio House District, State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) is encouraging his constituents to fill out and return legislative surveys. Rep. Thompson seeks to gauge the thoughts and views of his constituents on issues ranging from Ohio’s economy to requiring photo IDs when voting on Election Day.
State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) today was sworn in as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 130th General Assembly. He represents the 95th Ohio House District, which includes Carroll, Harrison and Noble counties, as well as portions of Belmont and Washington counties.