INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Senate voted 50-0 Tuesday to cut off a rapist from a child created by his crime.

Senate Bill 190, sponsored by state Sen. Ed Charbonneau, R-Valparaiso, prohibits a rapist from seeking custody, parenting time or contact with a child born as a result of a rape.

Charbonneau said 35,000 U.S. women annually are are impregnated by rape.

Without legislation ensuring no child-contact rights, the victim is "sentenced to a lifetime tethered to their rapist," Charbonneau said.

The measure now advances to the House.

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Dan is Statehouse Bureau Chief for The Times. Since 2009, he's reported on Indiana government and politics — and how both impact the Region — from the state capital in Indianapolis. He originally is from Orland Park, Ill.