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kuri

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Mandatory Paternity Tests in Tennessee?
« on: March 02, 2008, 08:51:49 PM »
A proposed Tennessee Bill would require paternity tests all babies born, whether father is absentee or not, whether parents are married or not. While I think having an acknowledgement of paternal responsibility is important this bill seems really, really problematic. A couple situations that sprung to mind:

- Woman is unfaithful, but confesses it and couple works it out. Then become pregnant and relationship is strong. Until! Mandatory paternity test re-opens old conflict and gives it a new dimension. The child is then forever linked to the original discretion rather than to the renewal of the relationship.

- Single woman gives birth after fleeing abusive boyfriend. She doesn't want any contact with him but - guess what? - mandatory paternity test lets him know where she is and of the fact that she had a child. Frightening.

Finally, I always thought that one had to give consent in order to surrender a blood sample. How does one track down the potential fathers and get a sample from them? It seems like administratively a very difficult thing.

The creater of the bill feels this all necessary because, "It makes some couples more truthful with each other and certainly with the children." That could very well be, but having the state enforce truthfulness in families and relationships is probably a place that no one wants the state to be.

The same politician is also sponsoring a bill that would require a paternity test before any order of child support...

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Re: Mandatory Paternity Tests in Tennessee?
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2008, 05:27:22 AM »
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The creater of the bill feels this all necessary because, "It makes some couples more truthful with each other and certainly with the children." That could very well be, but having the state enforce truthfulness in families and relationships is probably a place that no one wants the state to be.

Good God, yes!  :shock:

I'm sure this is unconstitutional. Mind you, there's a lot of that going around in the U.S. right now.

But it is no f'n politician's business whether couples are "truthful" with each other, or how they arrange their sex lives.

There is a principle in law that says you don't make good law on the basis of exceptions or extreme cases. The only time paternity tests are warranted is when one party sues for them for whatever reason, and given how many children are born, those are exceptional cases.

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Re: Mandatory Paternity Tests in Tennessee?
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2008, 09:14:26 AM »
"Hard cases, it is said, make bad law."

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Re: Mandatory Paternity Tests in Tennessee?
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2008, 09:22:23 AM »
Uh oh. I agree with him, of course, but did it have to be a Campbell (Argyll)?   :wink:

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Re: Mandatory Paternity Tests in Tennessee?
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2008, 09:46:53 PM »
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Uh oh. I agree with him, of course, but did it have to be a Campbell (Argyll)?   :wink:

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Re: Mandatory Paternity Tests in Tennessee?
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2008, 12:45:14 AM »
Ooo.  Hello, tuna with good taste!

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Re: Mandatory Paternity Tests in Tennessee?
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2008, 05:07:08 PM »
Sounds like a legislator with some personal bitterness issues.
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