A young woman from Birmingham, Alabama was raped and impregnated four times by her uncle. She was just 12-years old when the raping started: her mother’s half-brother would constantly climb in her bed. She endured this hell for years:
Raped at 14, she miscarried.
Raped at 16, she gave birth to a baby boy.
Raped at 18, she gave birth, but her child died from a disease common to incest cases.
Raped at 19, she gave birth to her second son.
Despite the DNA evidence, her uncle was never convicted of rape. It wouldn’t matter if he was anyway. In Alabama, a rapist is entitled to visitation rights, and can even sue for custody. It’s one of only two states that allow this.
However, this horror takes on new meaning in Alabama, because last month the state passed a law outlawing the destruction of embryos for ALL victims of sexual assault. The law even prescribes jail for doctors who perform the procedure. In fact, the only exception to the law is given to in vitro fertilization labs, which routinely destroys tons of fertilized eggs; yet this is deemed okay because rich, white Christian women use them. And also because f*** you.
Now that abortion is outlawed for all rape survivors in Alabama, the survivor is forced to bear child. At the very least, you’d think the lawmakers would fix the loophole (assuming it even is a loophole) that would allow the rapist custody and visitation. Well, actually, one Alabama lawmaker did try to do just that by introducing a bill to terminate the parental rights of rapists. Unfortunately, this being Alabama, “pro-life” lawmakers amended the bill to only pertain only to people who rape their OWN children and require that the rapist be convicted of first-degree rape.
Alabama lawmakers prattled on about how the first-degree rape conviction is needed to prevent fraud and abuse. Much like their “voting fraud” claim, it’s all fake. Yet lawmakers failed to explain why multiple lessor offenses can terminate parental rights in Alabama without a conviction. Drug use and neglect, for example, only require “clear and convincing evidence”; but not rape.