parental rights

The Missouri Legislature has passed a bill making it easier to terminate a father's parental rights if the child was the result of rape.

The Missouri Senate passed a bill that would make it easier to terminate a father's parental rights if the child was the result of rape.

The proposal, adopted Wednesday 31-1, would allow judges to terminate a father's parental rights if there was "clear, cogent, and convincing evidence" that he raped the mother, resulting in her pregnancy. The judge would also have to weigh whether termination would be in the child's best interest.

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Missouri's House has endorsed a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would enshrine a fundamental right for parents to raise their children as they see fit.