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

  • Article 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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rlwr51Aug. 2, 1311:53 AM

I thought the rightys were about less government intrusion?

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rlwr51Aug. 2, 1312:12 PM

Hmm, DNA collection on newborns? I thought you had to be arrested for a felony or convicted of a crime before you were required to submit to DNA testing.

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