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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland women impregnated by rapists have new legal power to end the parental rights of their attacker, under a new law signed by Gov. Larry Hogan.

Hogan signed it Tuesday, putting the emergency legislation passed unanimously into effect immediately.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - More than 10 years after supporters began pushing for it, Maryland's legislature has decided - with unanimous votes in the Senate and House - to enable impregnated rape victims to ask judges to end the parental rights of their rapists.

Supporters say it has become embarrassing that a state known for its progressive politics is one of the last to adopt such a law. They also credit a growing sense of female empowerment for making the issue a priority.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has voted unanimously to end parental rights of rapists over children conceived through rape.

The 45-0 vote on Tuesday sends the bill to the House, where a similar measure is pending. Both chambers have made the bill a priority this session after it failed to pass for nearly a decade.

The measure is crafted as an emergency bill, so it would take effect immediately with the signature of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, who has expressed support.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate is set to vote on a bill outlining what proceedings in Delaware's family court system should be open to the public.

Delaware's constitution says all courts shall be open, but many Family Court proceedings are nevertheless closed to the public because of laws passed by the General Assembly.    

Those closed proceedings include hearings involving adoption, termination of parental rights, custody rights and visitation, guardianship, paternity and divorce.