How many tries can it take for a state to get something right that 43 other states are already doing?
I mean, if it has something to do with equal rights or weed or TEH GAYZ, we all expect to see a bill fail in the Deep South. If it concerns unfettered gun access, you’d never expect to see Massachusetts follow in the footsteps of Mississippi. But some proposed laws have to be considered a no-brainer, right? Something everyone can get behind, maybe even with Democratically-controlled states leading the way.
Apparently not. For the ninth consecutive time, the Maryland State Assembly has failed to pass a law banning rapists from demanding access to their victims’ children. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Only guys who use the word ‘cuck’ and complain about female protagonists in Star Wars think criminals should have a right to see a child they raped into existence!”
In fact, in writing this article, I had to walk away from my keyboard no less than 7 times — once for each state that doesn’t prevent this — as I learned just how horrifyingly bad all-male panels of Deciders™ have screwed this up. Okay, I take that back. I wasn’t actually surprised about North Dakota. Considering the abortion laws they keep trying to pass, it’s almost a wonder ND even considers women human beings. But come on, Maryland. You can’t pass something called the Rape Survivor Family Protection Act?
What really sticks with me, though, is the fact that this has been tried so many times and failed. It’s not like they don’t know how to pass laws protecting women. With the notorious Baltimore PD often dismissing rape cases because victims didn’t fight back, Maryland’s governor finally signed a law saying that it really was enough to just say no. Maybe that law benefited from being sponsored by a mother.
In the case of the rapist rights bill, not even the woman who’s been trying to get it passed for ten years was asked to sit on the committee that would decide its fate. Her colleague, Senator Cheryl Kagan, told the Baltimore Sun after the bill’s rejection:
Although I have great respect for my colleagues, not having women on the committee was tone-deaf.
All that was unintentional, blah blah blah, said the straight, white, Christian male in charge of everything.
Get this straight, Maryland: You have a duty to humanity. Get it together and pass this law.
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