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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas House has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would terminate the parental rights of a convicted rapist to a child conceived as a result of rape.
The House voted 96-0 for the bill to automatically terminate most parental rights of a convicted rapist to a child conceived as a result of rape. The father would still be required to pay child support.
Democratic Rep. John Edwards of Little Rock is sponsoring the bill. He says the legislation is needed to protect rape victims.
The bill will now goes to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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