Miss. requires umbilical cord blood from some teen moms for paternity test; privacy a concern

  • by: EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS , Associated Press
  • Updated: August 2, 2013 - 3:45 PM

JACKSON, Miss. — If a girl younger than 16 gives birth and won't name the father, a new Mississippi law — likely the first of its kind in the country — says authorities must collect umbilical cord blood and run DNA tests to prove paternity as a step toward prosecuting statutory rape cases.

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