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.
COLUMBUS—Today, Senate Bill 148, which designates a portion of Interstate 271 through the city of Bedford Heights as the “Army Pvt. Brandon Sloan Memorial Highway,” received final approval from the Ohio House. The chamber’s unanimous vote in support of the measure is the final legislative step necessary for the highway’s designation.
COLUMBUS—To commemorate the 94th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote in the United States, State Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) issued the following statement:
Cleveland –Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) visited McGregor Assisted Living and Retirement Center today with representatives from the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) to speak with facility officials on successes and regulatory challenges they face as a small business. McGregor was recently awarded a five-star rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as well as named one of America’s Best Nursing Homes in the country by the U.S. News and World Report.
Columbus-Today, State Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) announced that the Ohio Controlling Board approved funds for Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools to create the Willoughby Eastlake School of Innovation, which will offer students in grades 3-5 a STEM education curriculum. The district was one of just 37 educational entities selected among over 600 applicants to receive funding in the second round of grants from the newly created Straight A Fund Program.