Feb 24, 2011
(Hat tip to reader Tripod MA)
State rep backs paternity bill
Genetic tests would be mandatory for Kan. births – married couples’ kids, too.
By Mary Clarkin – The Hutchinson News – firstname.lastname@example.org
A bill introduced Wednesday in the Kansas House of Representatives would require every child born in Kansas to submit to genetic tests to determine paternity for the child.
Prior to leaving the hospital, the child, mother and alleged father shall submit to genetic tests, the bill states. When asked for clarification, bill sponsor State Rep. Melody McCray-Miller, D-Wichita, said the mother would not have to undergo DNA testing.
The intent of the proposed bill would apply to married couples, too, even those having their second or third baby.
The one-page bill states that tests shall be done by experts qualified as genetic examiners. If the birth occurs outside a hospital, the baby, mother and alleged father shall submit to testing within 10 days of the birth.
If any party refuses to submit to the tests, a court may intervene to resolve the matter.