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Bill to let women end parental rights of rapists fails in General Assembly

Bill to let women end parental rights of rapists fails in General Assembly

A long-sought bill to allow women who conceive a child as a result of being raped to end the parental rights of their attacker failed to pass the General Assembly after emotional negotiations that ran into the final hour of this year's session.

A negotiating committee of state senators and delegates worked from hand marked copies of the different versions of the bill in the Senate's lounge. All that remained was to finalize technical details in the legislation, but the discussions ran past 11 p.m.

Del. Kathleen Dumais, who has worked on the issue for a decade, appeared close to tears as she walked out of the meeting believing a deal couldn't be reached. But Dumais was not a...

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