U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Great Debates
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
Old 03-13-2015, 01:03 PM
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
20,053 posts, read 20,548,032 times
Reputation: 20402


Originally Posted by vanguardisle View Post
What about the woman who's husband cannot provide her with a child who quietly gets pregnant from somebody else with her husband's knowledge and consent? Do they want the fact that the baby is not theirs open to the world?
Originally Posted by randomparent View Post
That's an interesting point. How would mandatory paternity testing account for infertility treatment using donated sperm?
Moderator cut: against the TOS

In addition to the above point as to why mandatory DNA testing for paternity is a negative and useless requirement consider that even at 99% or greater probability DNA testing only shows a man is one in about 100 men who have the probability of paternity but he still might not be the father, the tests can show a false positive result.

"DNA test for paternity do not tell you that the tested man is the only one who could be the biological father. It tells you that the tested man has a genetic pattern that the child received (or could have received) from the child's father, so that the tested man could be the biological father. But other men in the population also have this pattern.

Tests at a 99.0% probability of paternity identify a genetic pattern possessed, on average, by one in every one hundred men. Keep in mind that this is just an average. In any particular case a 99.0% probability could be identifying a even more common pattern. At a 99.0% probability of paternity thousands of men possess the identified genetic pattern. If those men took the same paternity test, the test would show that each of them had a 99.0% probability of being the father of the same child!!!"

There are also laboratory mistakes that can have as damaging effects, false negatives, on a man as having actually loved and supported a child not biologically his. For example:

A father is now facing a legal battle to gain access to the child after refusing to acknowledge her for nine months because of the incorrect false negative result due to laboratory error.
from the article:
"Although I was fairly certain that she was my daughter, I just thought that the question of whether I was the father would nag away at me for the rest of my life, so I decided to take the test."......

A letter from the company told the man that the test results showed that he was not the father.
Believing the child not to be his, he stopped seeing his daughter despite protests from the mother.

"The mother is refusing to let me see my daughter because I walked out on the child. I have now got to go to court to get access to her," he said. "I can't say I blame her, although I assumed that the test result was the truth. I have seen my daughter for two one-hour sessions since the second test results came through; she doesn't recognise me any more. I accept that mistakes can happen in life but this has created a horrible situation for us all. It is awful."

And he is still required to pay child support.

Last edited by Oldhag1; 03-13-2015 at 03:42 PM..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Great Debates
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top