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Like Michigan, rapists have parental rights in Maryland

Rape doesn’t make you a father, or at least it shouldn’t in the eyes of the law. Yet, in the last several days, we have learned that a Michigan rapist was awarded joint custody of the child conceived as a result of him raping the mother (Records: Sex offender granted joint legal custody of child," Oct. 11).

Maryland must face the ugly truth and hold our legislative leaders accountable. This injustice could happen here, too. Because of nine failed attempts to pass a law protecting rape survivors and their children, a rapist whose heinous act...