Mandatory DNA Paternity Testing - Even Before Birth

Paternity Testing Grows in Popularity

Almost One-Third Of Men Who Took Paternity Tests in 2003 Were Not the Biological Father

ABC News, U.S.A., Oct. 5, 2005

Dr. Enrique Terrazas thought his second wife was crazy when she suggested he take a paternity test because she saw no resemblance between him and his 10-year-old daughter.

Terrazas relented and the test results revealed there was a zero percent chance he was the biological father of the girl.

"I was in shock," Terrazas said. "This is the kind of thing that happened on Jerry Springer, I couldn't believe it was happening to me."

Enrique Terrazas was "devastated" when a paternity test confirmed he was not the biological father of his 10-year-old daughter. (ABC NEWS)

Paternity tests, a favorite theme of daytime talk shows, have become Read More ..mmon as they become easier to administer and less expensive. The cost of the test is at least half of what it was 10 years ago, ranging from $175 to $500, and the popularity of home DNA tests is on the rise.

The consequences have enormous emotional, legal and financial consequences for the men, women and children involved. For Terrazas, it cost him his relationship with his daughter.

"It opened up so many cans of worms," he said. "Not only are you talking about infidelity, but it's a lie that my ex-wife carried forward for years and placed on the child. I had loved and trusted this person and this just shattered that."

According to the American Association of Blood Banks, 30 percent of 354,000 men who took paternity tests in 2003 were not the biological father of the tested child.

Carnell Smith was a victim of paternity fraud and founded 4TRUTH Identity's DNA Center and U.S. Citizens Against Paternity Fraud, which provide paternity tests for those who cannot afford them. Smith advocates for mandatory paternity tests on all children at birth, and at least one Texas lawmaker agrees with him.

Texas Democratic state Rep. Harold Dutton introduced a bill that would require that DNA testing be offered at all births. A couple could elect to not do the test, but would forgo the ability to challenge biological evidence in the future. The bill passed in the Texas House, but failed in the Senate.

"Now that DNA tests are relatively inexpensive and painless, it would be practical," "Good Morning America" legal analyst Lisa Bloom said of routine DNA testing at birth. "But the real legal issue is privacy. We can't assume that every father wants to know and how would those tests be used? For example, could they be released to law enforcement?"

Currently, 24 states have paternity fraud laws, but even if a man was proven not to be the biological father of a child, Bloom said he may still be required to pay child support.

"The law wants to protect the best interest of the child, keep fathers in the picture and, frankly, keep those child support payments coming because without them you and I pay in the form of welfare to single mothers," Bloom said. "But men have banded together and said 'look, this is wrong.' "

Because of disputes over child support payments as a result of the paternity test, Terrazas said he no longer sees his child regularly and their relationship "has been destroyed." His ex-wife's current husband is in the process of adopting the child, but Terrazas said he still has hope of a continuing relationship with the girl.

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Paternity Fraud
UK National Survey

Paternity fraud survey statistics

Scotland's National Newspaper

96% of women are liars, honest

5,000 women polled

Half the women said that if they became pregnant by another man but wanted to stay with their partner, they would lie about the baby's real father.

Forty-two per cent would lie about contraception in order to get pregnant, no matter the wishes of their partner.

Globe and Mail - Paternity Fraud statistics for Canada

Canada's largest
national newspaper

Mommy's little secret

The article contains info about children's identity fraud at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

December 14, 2002.

Includes interview with employees of Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, Canada who admit they deny children's identity information to husbands/male partners of mothers who want to hide the real identity of their child because they had an affair. The U.N. Convention on the Rights of The Child specifically supports a child's human right to have a relationship with both his/her biological parents. In addition, this article is proof that The Hospital for Sick Children ("Sick Kids") supports paternity fraud.

Further "Sick Kids" supports a mother's rights only, which they view, supersedes 3 other people's rights, namely, the rights of the biological father, the rights of the mother's male partner/husband and the child's identity rights.

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"Supporters of paternity identification bills point to a 1999 study by the American Association of Blood Banks that found that in 30 percent of 280,000 blood tests performed to determine paternity, the man tested was not the biological father." Read More ..

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American Association of Blood Banks
Parentage Testing Program Unit
Annual Report Summary Testing in 2001 PDF

Volume of DNA paternity testing was 310,490 for the 2001 study