Sunday, February 17, 2008


Sorry to be indelicate, but that's what the Tennessee legislature intends to label children, unless the alleged father pays for a DNA test to prove paternity.

The Tennessee Legislature has outdone itself with asininity!

The public welfare requires that all children be tested for paternity before the father's name can be entered on the birth certificate?

Via Crone

(Senator Tate) SB3717HB2964 (Rep. Hardaway) has been placed on
the House subcommittee calendar Public Health and Family Assistance of Health
and Human Resources for Wednesday Feb. 20, 2008.

Basically, this bill provides that each child born in the state of
Tennessee will be tested for paternity before the father’s name can be placed on
the birth certificate. The state will take up the cost of paternity testing when
parent’s are unable to afford the test. Oh, and married couples are not
excluded, making the overt presumption that women are “unfaithful.”

On the evening of February 20, 2008 there will be a total eclipse of the Moon. Earlier that day, there may have been a total eclipse of all reason in the Tennessee Legislature. What idiot thought this one up?


  1. Anonymous4:09 PM

    That's the Right Wing for you. Fill that national DNA database (the one that the Real ID card will provide access to) with plenty of kid's DNA and bulldoze their privacy before they're old enough to crawl. Much less consent. They can get all the dads while they're at it too.

    This has nothing to do with paternity and everything to do with the dissolution of privacy.

  2. Anonymous5:22 PM

    This bill is sponsored by two African American democrats, Sen. Tate and Rep. Hardaway of Memphis.

  3. Anonymous8:55 PM

    What are you afraid of? Have you committed paternity fraud and are afraid of getting caught? If you don't cheat on your man, you have nothing to worry about, it's simply a routine test.

  4. Anonymous9:14 PM

    So you think that taking someone's word is good enough to determine paternity? Do you support DNA evidence in criminal cases? Of course, because people lie and DNA does not. So why are you opposed to this?