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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3200         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1544

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Keiko M. Orrall

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to the termination of parental rights in cases where a child is born of sexual assault or rape.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Keiko M. Orrall

12th Bristol

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

Ryan C. Fattman

18th Worcester

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Randy Hunt

5th Barnstable

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

Kevin J. Kuros

8th Worcester

Brian R. Mannal

2nd Barnstable

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

Shaunna O'Connell

3rd Bristol

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

Cleon H. Turner

1st Barnstable


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3200        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1544

By Ms. Orrall of Lakeville, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1544) of Keiko M. Orrall and others relative to the termination of parental rights in cases where a child is born of sexual assault or rape.  The Judiciary. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to the termination of parental rights in cases where a child is born of sexual assault or rape.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1.  Chapter 209B of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after Section 14, the following new sections:- 
Section 15.  Termination of the parent-child relationship in cases of sexual assault or rape.  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.

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