Friday, April 10, 2015

Samantha Bee Tells Arizona to Get its Shit Together When it Comes to Rapists and Custody

Posted By on Fri, Apr 10, 2015 at 11:00 AM


Okay, well, not just Arizona.  But we are behind Florida (FLORIDA) on this one.

Turns out, in some states (including ours) women who have a child as the result of rape have a rough time winning full custody of their children. As the Daily Show's Samantha Bee puts it, if you have a child as a result of rape you might have to meet your rapist in a Denny's parking lot every Saturday to hand off your child. To your rapist. That's not okay.

From Jezebel:
You’d think legislation to guarantee women who have been raped full custody of the children born of those rapes would be pretty easy to pass right? Well, as Samantha Bee learned on The Daily Show Wednesday night, not so much.

Bee spoke with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Shauna Prewitt, an advocate for women to have the right to full custody of their children without going through a legal battle for them, an issue some states have prevented but a startlingly large number of others have not. Wasserman Schultz’s Rape Survivor Child Custody Act had bipartisan support, but as Bee frustratingly found out, the original bill didn’t pass because it “actually spends money” — $5 million a year for five years, to be specific.

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