Mississippi Implements Novel Law to “Chip Away” at Teen Pregnancy

Mississippi has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the United States.  A new law requires that any female who refuses to name the father of her child, and is under the age of 16, must submit to a DNA test conducted by authorities using blood from the umbilical cord. The DNA tests will be used to prosecute statutory rape cases by proving the father’s paternity. Supporters of the law claim it will help drive down the number of teen pregnancies in the State. However, detractors believe that the law may interfere unduly with privacy rights.  Read more here.

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