ACTION: Call your State delegation and ask that they support Maryland Senate Bill 0002 and House Bill 0001 which would allow courts to terminate parental rights for rapists and is being called the Rape Survivor Family Protection Act.
BACKGROUND: The Rape Survivor Family Protection Act has been brought before the Maryland General Assembly and has FAILED TO PASS 9 times. This bill would allow women who conceive as a result of rape to terminate the parental rights of their rapist. Presently, Maryland is one of only a handful of states that does not already have a process in place for this. The Maryland General Assembly has returned to Annapolis and Governor Hogan is very publicly pushing for this legislation to be passed.
SAMPLE SCRIPT: My name is _________ from (zip code). I am calling to ask Senator/Delegate _____________ to support the bipartisan Rape Survivor Family Protection Act. No woman should ever have to face her attacker outside a court of law, much less share custody and parental control of a child conceived by rape.
DON’T KNOW WHO REPRESENTS YOU? YOU CAN FIND YOUR FEDERAL AND STATE ELECTED OFFICIALS BY ENTERING YOUR ADDRESS ON WWW.COMMONCAUSE.ORG