COLUMBUS—Today, State Sen. Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) offered sponsor testimony on Senate Bill 171, a proposal jointly sponsored by Sen. Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus) that would prevent convicted rapists from seeking parental rights over children conceived as a result of a sexual assault.
“Senate Bill 171 will empower survivor parents by allowing them to file a court claim terminating the custodial rights of their attacker,” Senator Turner said during committee. “The bill would also ensure that survivor parents need not seek the approval of their rapist in order to place the child up for adoption, a request that would further enable the attacker to exert control over the life of the victim.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control, around 32,000 pregnancies occur annually as a result of sexual assaults in the United States. Ohio is one of 31 states in which rapists are able to sue their victims to receive parental rights such as visitation and partial custody.
“Every day, rape survivors struggle to cope with the long-term emotional trauma from their assault. Without any legal protections in place to prevent rapists from seeking custodial rights, Ohio is allowing assailants to continue to torment their victims rather than protecting survivors and their children,” Senator Turner said.
The bill, which was first introduced on August 5, 2013, now awaits further action by the Senate Criminal Justice Committee.
CLEVELAND—State Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) joined legislators, ministers, and labor leaders at an event today at the Cleveland Public Library to highlight the need to address wage disparities in Ohio. The event, dubbed Testimony Tuesday, was designed as an opportunity for community leaders and activists to advocate for issues that GOP leaders in Columbus refuse to tackle.
Today, Rabbi Allison Vann a guest of Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) provided the opening prayer for Senate session. She serves as the Rabbi of the Suburban Temple Koi Ami located in Beachwood, Ohio.
COLUMBUS—In recognition of National Tax Day, legislators from the Ohio House and Senate and leaders from local organizations joined State Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) at the third “Testimony Tuesday” at the Statehouse. The event focused on the ongoing tax shifts that have disproportionately burdened working class families and local governments throughout the state.
COLUMBUS—Today, State Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) released the following statement expressing her support for the ruling by Judge Timothy Black of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio regarding same sex marriages in Ohio. Judge Black stated that Ohio must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriage licenses just as it recognizes all other out-of-state marriage licenses. In his ruling, Judge Black wrote critically of Ohio’s “ongoing arbitrary discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.”