(Cleveland) - State Rep Nikki Antonio (D-Lakewood) is applauding the Ohio House of Representatives’ passage of House Bill 257, legislation that gives women more control over parental rights if their child was conceived as a result of rape or sexual battery.

Antonio tells Newsradio WTAM 1100, if the bill passes in the State Senate, Ohio would be one of the few states in the nation to offer women such protections.

House Bill 257 provides victims of rape an essential tool to ensure that they have exclusive parental rights over their child, concurrently taking away the ability of a perpetrator to cause continuous emotional harm to the victim.

Antonio says the creation of the bill was sparked by the Amanda Berry case. Berry gave birth to a child while being held by Ariel Castro long with 2 other women.

Antonio explains she was shocked when Castro tried to use “parental rights” to continue to see his child. A judge denied the request.

Antonio expects passage by the Ohio Senate, sending the bill to the governor for his signature.

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