My thanks to Mike Geanoulis to bringing this to my attention. This Tennessee bill would require any pregnant woman to submit to a paternity test before a father’s name was put on a birth certificate.
The author’s objections to this bill amount to
(1) the mother might not want the father to know he is the father, and ;
(2) the mother does not want the father involved because of rape or incest.
This is My Response:
So, once again, we want to regulate based on what one parent (i.e the Mother) wants, without regard to the other parent’s rights.
(1) the Mother’s safety concerns are already covered: restraining orders are readily available to any female who wants to get one against a male. No questions asked. If the Father knows he is the Father, and if the Mother feels threatened, then she should get a restraining order.
Oh, what? She does not feel the restraining order is sufficient? Well, then. Why do they exist in the first place? Maybe just as a legal vehicle so legitimate fathers who pose NO THREAT TO THE MOTHER can be legally separated from their children?
(2) Once again: we already have laws for this. If a father is “unfit”, then the state DCYF intercedes and requires supervised visitation with the children.
I believe that this Tennessee bill is a landfall to put an end to false accusations and illegal paternity claims for child support.