MONTPELIER (AP) -- The Vermont House of Representatives has passed a bill that would allow mothers to end parental rights for rapists.

The bill passed second reading on a roll call vote of 135-0 and third reading on a voice vote on Tuesday.

The bill will allow courts to remove parental care rights from those who commit sexual assault resulting in conception. The bill does not require a conviction as long as the court can confirm through other evidence that the child was conceived through rape.

Rep. Michelle Fay of St. Johnsbury says the bill’s passage "confirms Vermont’s commitment to victim’s rights."


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