you'd better find mr. magic!
Here's a synopsis of a Bill that was introduced to the Illinois General Assembly:
Provides that if the unmarried mother cannot or refuses to name the child's father, either a father must be conclusively established by DNA evidence or, within 30 days after birth, another family member who will financially provide for the child must be named, in court, on the birth certificate. Provides that absent DNA evidence or a family member's name, a birth certificate will not be issued and the mother will be ineligible for financial aid from the State for support of the child. Provides an exception for artificially inseminated mothers. Provides that a family that does not comply with the Vital Records Act provision concerning birth certificates of unmarried mothers shall be ineligible for aid for support of the child. Effective immediately.
Let's just unpack this, shall we? If you are a woman who has a child and can't or won't name the father of your child, then within thirty (30) days, some gentleman (the one that can't or won't be named, remember?) has to appear magically to be established by DNA evidence. OR, if Mr. Magic doesn't show up, another family member who will take care of your child must be named in court, on the birth certificate. Presumably, the person who can be either a woman or a man who isn't the father, will be responsible for child support. For the child that isn't theirs. Does this also mean that the child could take this person's last name? Can the child inherit from this person? Since that person is a "parent" on the birth certificate, where do they stand as far as custody is concerned?
Now, what happens if Mr. Magic or another family member (probably the Grandma, let's keep it real) doesn't step up to aid the mother and sign up to pay child support until the child reaches the age of majority? Well, then the Mom can't get a birth certificate for that child, nor will she be able to get any type of aid from the state for that child. Let that marinate. The Mom cannot have a record of birth of her child if no one agrees to be financially responsible for him or her, which basically means that the child is non-existent. So, does that mean that the child can't enroll in school? Because you need a birth certificate for that. Does that mean that the child can't play sports? Because you need a birth certificate for that. Does the child get a social security number? Because, yeah...you need a birth certificate for that. It also means that the child can't get any aid from the State. Does that include state sponsored college scholarships? Grants? Free school lunch? Insurance? Where does the denial of state assistance begin and end? The ramifications of the passage of this bill could, and probably will, reach that far.
Let's go further and look at who this excludes. Not rape victims. Not victims of child trafficking or other sex crimes; only those who could afford to be artificially inseminated. Read: The people with money. So, if you're a rape victim, you get to raped one time by a criminal, then your child gets to be raped by the State of Illinois.
The same people who don't want you to have an abortion want you to give birth to a child so that they can then deny it's existence. And this is okay because after all, you're obviously just a poor little whore who doesn't deserve anything if you don't live up to their idea of family values.
Anyway, since this is a family law blog, let's not turn this into an opinion piece, and let's instead talk about how this effects family law. Tomorrow. Let me hear your opinions first.