Bill Passes to ID Fathers of Babies Born to Underage Mothers

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press


A bill that passed the Mississippi House Wednesday is aimed at identifying and prosecuting those who impregnate underage girls.

House Bill 151 would require physicians or midwives to collect umbilical cord blood when a baby is born to a mother who's younger than 16 and the mother doesn't reveal the father's name.

House Judiciary B Committee Chairman Andy Gipson says a DNA test, using the cord blood, could determine who the father is. He says if the father is an adult, authorities could pursue statutory rape charges.

Gipson says Gov. Phil Bryant requested the bill and Attorney General Jim Hood supports it.

Opponents raised concerns about medical privacy.

The bill passed 99-18 and goes to the Senate.


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