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10 Years Later, Rape Victims in One State Gain a Victory

Women impregnated by their rapists can cut off parental rights

(Newser) - More than 10 years after supporters began pushing for it, Maryland's legislature has decided—with unanimous votes in the state Senate and House—to enable impregnated rape victims to ask judges to end the parental rights of their rapists. Supporters say it has become embarrassing that a state known... More »

He Lost His Parental Rights in 1997. It Was a Mistake

Brad Pitman finally cleared

(Newser) - It's a parent's worst nightmare—a stranger breaks into the home and sexually assaults a young child. But in Colorado Springs in 1996, things actually got much worse from there for Brad Pitman, the father of a 4-year-old girl hurt so badly she required five surgeries, per the... More »

Transgender Teen Sued by Mom Fights Back

Claims parents abused her before she cut ties, transitioned

(Newser) - The transgender teen sued by her own mom in Minnesota says there's a good reason her mother was never notified of her transition from male to female. The 17-year-old, identified as JDK, alleges in court documents that her parents struggled with substance abuse when she was growing up, leaving... More »

Victim Told: Write Your Attacker or Face Jail Time

Natalie Allman was tortured for hours as her sons watched

(Newser) - For seven hours, Natalie Allman was tortured and beaten with a dumbbell before her ex-fiancee slashed her throat in front of their twin boys. Now the British woman, who survived the attack and needed reconstructive surgery, must write three letters a year to Jason Hughes, the man who wanted to... More »

Court: Facebook Wrong Way to Tell Ex He'll Be a Dad

Man in Oklahoma didn't find out until his baby had been adopted

(Newser) - Oklahoma's Supreme Court has ruled that when it comes to informing a man that he is about to become a father, a Facebook post doesn't cut it, legally speaking. In this case, a woman had a three-month fling with a man named Billy McCall in 2011, then realized... More »

Kids Can Now Have More Than 2 Legal Parents in Calif.

Gov. signs new bill allowing judges to recognize more parents

(Newser) - Heather can now have two mommies and a daddy ... at least in California, which has just signed a bill allowing kids to have more than two legal parents. The move is intended to recognize a broader range of family structures in legal cases, like those where a same-sex couple shares... More »

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