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Rape and pregnancy in Idaho

 In this Aug. 24, 2012, file photo Republican Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., talks to the media gathered in Chesterfield, Mo., and told them he will stay in the U.S. Senate race despite the uproar over his remarks about rape and pregnancy.

TWIN FALLS • If a rapist gets his victim pregnant in Idaho, does he have parental rights under Idaho law? What if the rapist was married to his victim? What happens if he hasn’t been convicted of rape?

Under Idaho statute, courts can terminate a rapist’s parental rights, denying the person any legal say or responsibility over the child. But while that provision exists in the code, questions such as burden of proof and child support cloud the issue.

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Missouri, forced the issue of pregnancy through rape into the national spotlight with his controversial — and largely rejected — remarks that “legitimate rape”rarely results in pregnancy because the female reproductive system has ways of “shutting all that down.” Full story. Melissa Davlin, Twin Falls Times-News

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Times-News: What Idaho law says about rape and pregnancy

With Missouri Rep. Todd Akin's controversial comments about rape and pregnancy in the news, Twin Falls Times-News reporter Melissa Davlin took a look at what Idaho law says about rape and pregnancy. What she found: The victim can go to court and terminate parental rights if the pregnancy occurred as a result of rape, incest or lewd conduct with a minor. However, the situation is complicated if the attack wasn't reported or prosecuted. You can read her full report here.

Idaho Woman Targets Abortion Law

An Idaho woman prosecuted for terminating her own pregnancy with an abortion pill ordered over the Internet has filed suit challenging a decades-old law under which she was charged, as well as a new state ban on abortions after 20 weeks of gestation. The lawsuit is believed to be the first federal court case against any of several late-term abortion bans enacted in Idaho and four other states during the past year, based on controversial medical research suggesting a fetus feels pain starting at 20 weeks of development/Laura Zuckerman, Reuters. More here.

Question: Do you think she'll prevail?