Should Every Newborn Have a Paternity Test?


paternity testWant to insult a woman who just gave birth? Tell her that you don't care who she says fathered that sweet little dumpling. It's time for a state-mandated paternity test.

Welcome to today's addition of stupid laws proposed by state legislators! Today we're traveling to Kansas, where Democrat Melody McCray Miller thinks every child born in the state needs to be tested. Every single one.

And if a mom refuses, the proposed law would give the courts leave to intervene, demanding that a child be tested anyway. In other words, hey mom, we know you're married to this guy and you say you've never slept around on him. He believes you. But we don't.

I'm having a hard time accepting that this is a state issue. Kansas can't legislate what a woman says about her vaginal activities or what a man thinks about them.

Although "out-of-wedlock" births are skyrocketing in the U.S., the majority of babies are still born to married couples. If she's cheating on her husband, that's his problem, not the state's. Until he contests paternity, it's safe to say the mom knows better than anyone whose penis was in her vagina.

And let's talk about the non-married couples. Is it really fair to assume that a woman is automatically lying about the men she's slept with. Provided he is claiming the child as his own, this is again, the man's problem, not the state's.

And finally, what about cases where there is no father to be found? Should a woman who has been subject to domestic violence have to have her child swabbed in case her ex-boyfriend the creep shows up? If she's not asking for child support, she should retain the right to protect both herself and that child. How about moms who have used a sperm donor? Do they need to go through this too?

State Rep. McCray Miller may have had her heart in the right place with this one, but she might want to think about what she's said to the women of Kansas with this proposal. "Sorry, ladies, but we don't trust a damn thing you're saying."

Think she'll get the female vote in the next election?


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sofia... sofia0587

I personally hate the idea of it but at the same time women have gotten so damn shady and lied about who fathered their child for money purposes that they've ruined it for every woman who is actually honest and it doesn't surprise me that they want to do this.

Madel... MadelynMc

This doesn't make any sense. If the father isn't sure, he should get the test before he signs the acknowledgment of paternity, or whatever it's called. There must be more to the story here...

wutluviz wutluviz

Would I be offended by having this test performed if it was the law? No. I have nothing to hide, but do I think it's a waste of tax payers money? Yes. I agree with the author that paternity issues are between the parents. If I was a man and did not completely trust that a woman had been faithful, I would get the test done myself.

starl... starlight1968

how stupid, just another thing they charge us that is NOT needed.  If the mother doesn't know then fine but to make every mother do it?  stupid

Misteh Misteh

If the state is willing to pay for it who cares except those who have something to hide?

jacob... jacobsproudmom

i dont think its right. not for having something to hide but because its between adults who consented to have sex. if theres a problem it should be between the adults involved not the state.

i dont think she will have womans vote

bsawy... bsawyer84

How ridiculous! If the partner doesn't care then why should the state? This is over the top and an invasion of privacy.

Pishyah Pishyah

That's absolutely ridiculous.  For once, I actually agree with you on something.  This is sickening, ridiculous, and plain grotesque. 

Crunc... CrunchyCarol

@ Misteh~ Guess what... the state pays for it with money from the taxpayers. It's a WASTE of taxpayer dollars. The "state" is not paying for it, the people are.

This is ridiculous...

081109 081109

I don't know how it is in Kansas but I figure that as long as they make it easy enough for a man to take the initiative to get the testing done if they are questioning it before signing an order of paternity, then that's all there should be.  My son was born out of wedlock and I would have been insulted if they had made me take a test for my now husband to be listed as his own son's father.  

And on another note if the guy I'm with ever asked for a test he'd no longer be the guy I'm with!  I'd understand wanting a test if you were not with the mother and did not trust her intentions, but if they are your significant other they'd better trust you when it comes to something so serious!

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