I wish they had a law like this in New Jersey twenty years ago!
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. ----------advertisement----------- 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. McCray-Miller described the bill as constituent-driven. Several women have expressed concerns about male family members named by mothers on the birth certificate as the father. Also, McCray-Miller said, she has heard about young men, not married to the expectant mother, who want to know the paternity of the baby but are reluctant to ask the woman to have the child tested. To make all things equal, the test would be made "a part of everyday life," McCray-Miller said. She did not know the financial ramifications of the legislation, but said the expense would not be added to the hospital bill.