Amendment #48 to H.3700

An act relative to termination of parental rights where a child is born of sexual assault or rape

Mrs. Orrall of Lakeville move that the bill be amended by inserting at the end thereof the following:--



“SECTION XX. Chapter 209B of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 14, the following new sections:-



Section 15. A petition for termination of the parent-child relationship of the biological father shall be granted in cases where the child’s birth is the result of a sexual assault or rape and the biological father has pled guilty to, or is convicted of, sexual assault or rape of the biological mother.



Section 16. In a proceeding in which visitation with a child conceived through the commission of a sexual assault or rape is sought by the biological parent who has pled guilty to, or is convicted of, sexual assault or rape, visitation rights and all contact with the child shall be denied. Furthermore, the biological parent who has pled guilty to, or been convicted of, a sexual assault or rape shall be prohibited from initiating any legal proceeding involving the child or related to rights regarding the child, unless leave of court is granted upon good cause shown. In all such matters, including proceedings to seek leave of court, costs and legal fees associated with the representation of the rights of the child, and the parent who bore the child, shall be paid by the biological parent who has pled guilty to, or been convicted of, a sexual assault or rape.”.