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Bill seeks to fill in paternity blanks

By ANNA VARELA
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 01/26/05
If a state lawmaker gets his way, unmarried women who give birth in Georgia will face a question from hospital staff: Who's the daddy?

Rep. Ben Bridges (R-Cleveland) on Tuesday introduced the Baby's Right to Know Act, which would require hospitals to ask the question. Bridges said his goal is to give children access to their full medical history by identifying the biological father and getting his name on the birth certificate. It would not legally require the new mother to name the man.



"This law does not punish the mother. It simply states that the hospital is required to ask who the father is," Bridges said of House Bill 4. "My main reason is a child gets up later in years and they go for a physical and the doctor asks for their family history and it might be crucial to know that family history."

Bridges said his research found that some hospitals don't ask an unmarried mother to identify the father.

In Georgia, nearly 53,000 babies were born to unmarried women in 2003, 37 percent of all babies born that year, according to state records. It's unknown how many of those babies don't have a father listed on their birth certificate.

Metro Atlanta hospitals say they follow state law, which requires them to provide unmarried women with literature about legally establishing the paternity of their children. But they vary on whether they actually ask women to name the father.

Officials at Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital, where 70 percent of the 4,107 births were to unwed mothers in 2003, say they ask. Officials at Northside Hospital, which delivers the most babies in Georgia, say they don't.

Under current law, when an unmarried woman gives birth, the father's name cannot go on a birth certificate unless she and the man give their written consent. Bridges' bill would allow the hospital to put a man's name on the certificate and file it with a notation that the paternity is "unconfirmed." The county Health Department would then be called upon to try to find the man (with the help of law enforcement if necessary) and give him the opportunity to accept paternity or challenge it through DNA testing. The man also would receive information about his rights and responsibilities regarding the child.

If passed, the bill could result in more fathers financially supporting their children, said Randy Kessler, an Atlanta family law attorney.

In general, it's better to address questions of who the biological father is, who should pay child support and who should be a part of the child's life as early as possible, said Kessler.

"This bill forces people to deal with issues that will eventually arise," he said.
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Razz I'm sure this is being referred to as the "Who's Your Daddy Act of 2005"
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They NEED to start working on that bullshit that is MAKING men take care of kids that aren't theirs! Mad

AND start presenting these triflin chicks that are falsely accusing men with some consequences! Mad
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I read about 1/2 of that. I don't think it's right. Cause Mary Sue White could easily claim that that SENATOR is the daddy...then you got some incorrect info on the record. They aughta just wait for the DNA test or acknowledgment. How many mothers DON'T tell their kids who their real father is? 1 in a million.
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[quote="act up"]How many mothers DON'T tell their kids who their real father is? 1 in a million.[/quote]

It's not that uncommon. Countless numbers of women, particularly young women, don't name a father on the birth certificate. This is a misguided attempt to keep increasing numbers of children off the dole. The problem is that it will lead to increased spending in mothers and fathers contesting paternity.

This is a legitimate issue, but I don't think this proposal is the way to go about solving it.
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How is putting somebody's name on a birth certificate helping a child find out about his father's history? That will just give him a starting point - assuming the child's mother was truthful about his parentage or if she even knew.
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The reason why so many birth certificates have no father listed is because they can't put a name there unless the father is there to claim paternity. A lot of men have been wrongly stated as being the father and were not. My father-in-law was arrested for that mess because some chick stated on some [b]school documents[/b] he was the father. If his name was on [i]birth certificate[/i].... *whew* Mad
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My daughter's birth certificate doesn't have her father's name on it because I didn't want it on there. No need for it, IMO.

I don't agree w/these bootleg laws that say just because a man's name is on a birth certificate, then he's automatically held responsible for that child. If a chic is single and has a baby, then DNA testing should be mandatory - it would stop foolishness like Rayne & Lady described. Get paternity established from the outset and cut down on some of this madness.
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in va...the name only goes on certificate if father signs acknowledgment of paternity, DNA test proves it and you submit it, or you're married. If you're married and your husband is NOT the father....it must be left blank or your husband will be listed.
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[quote="act up"]I read about 1/2 of that. I don't think it's right. Cause Mary Sue White could easily claim that that SENATOR is the daddy...then you got some incorrect info on the record. They aughta just wait for the DNA test or acknowledgment. [b]How many mothers DON'T tell their kids who their real father is?[/b] 1 in a million.[/quote]

Hell my mother still doesn't know who her father is and my grandmother still won't tell her Confused

This is another useless law...IMO
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In my opinion the reason there are so many birth certificates without the fathers name on it is because the fathers don't want their names on the Birth Certificate.....

I think it is in the childs best interest to have the REAL fathers name on the Birth Cert. regardless whether the mother wants it on there or not....this is for the benefit of the child and the child only....the child has a right to know who his or her father is.....I mean if there is any doubt then make the man provide a blood sample so there is not shady business going on......

I wish I had my fathers name on my certificate!!!
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Just so this is clear - a child can be fully aware of who their father is without that being on a birth certificate. All the mother has to do is TELL THEM.
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In a perfect world yes...but human beings are flawed so in the best interest of the child every effort should be made by the proper authorities to have the REAL fathers name on the certificate!!!

The mothers name is automatically placed on the certificate so the fathers name on the certificate should be just as important.....the mother didn't make the child by herself.....
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Does anybody watch Maury for crying out loud??

A lot of these young girls DON'T KNOW who the father of the child is.

Razz
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Damn you would have thought the politicians were the ones that skipped.

I can think of one thing EASILY that happens often.

God forbid something happens to the kid were they may need a kidney, bone marrow, blood, etc. Not saying the "DADDY" may be willing(to give up any of the above) but it would be a GREAT starting point considering there is a good chance of a match (not always but better than RANDOM).
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Unfortunately...this is another attempt to make someone, other than the state, financially responsible for the children. I'm all for that in one sense, but this is a trap with so many problems that it ain't even funny. The first thing they'll do, is issue a warrant for the arrest of the "daddy" on abondonment and some poor fool, will be hunted down like an animal and mistreated, just because some chic listed him as her baby daddy and she wasn't really sure from jump. Evil or Very Mad

I think it should be there if he's willing to acknowledge the child, or the court orders it based on paternity testing...but to just pull a name outta the sky and slap it on there is ridiculous.
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