- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Senate has unanimously approved a bill that would require courts to terminate the parental rights of rapists when petitions are filed by women who bear children after being sexually assaulted.

The bill must still be approved by the House.

The proposal would apply to those who have been convicted of sexual assault or if a fact-finding hearing determines the child was conceived as a result of sexual assault.

Under current law, termination of parental rights is an option but is not mandatory.

A national advocate for women who become pregnant after a sexual assault earlier this month urged lawmakers to pass the measure.

She said New Hampshire is one of 15 states that don’t require termination upon conviction of sexual assault if the mother seeks it.

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