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Proos Supports Bill To Protect Rape Victims
Friday Jan 05, 2018 10:10am
Lansing, MI.

By: Mike Stiles


(LANSING) – A mother whose child was conceived in rape would not have to worry about sharing custody with the father under legislation supported by State Senator John Proos.

In Michigan, when applying for Family Independence Program benefits though the Department of Health And Human Services, a parent must disclose the identity of the other biological parent, if known. Under department policy, an exemption is made for rape victims.

Senate Bill 650 would ensure that applicants know that they do not need to disclose the biological father's identity if the child was conceived due to criminal sexual conduct.

Proos says a rapist should never have access to a child conceived as a result of his rape of the mother. He says this bill came out a situation that happened in Sanilac County where a judge awarded joint legal custody of a child to a convicted sex offender after the child's mother filed for child support. The judge was not presented with evidence that the father raped the women before signing the custody order.

After the information about the rape was brought to light, Proos says the order was reversed.

Senate Bill 650 has been sent to the full Senate for consideration.
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