Miss. law requires cord blood from some teen moms

by Emily Wagster Pettus

If a girl younger than 16 gives birth in Mississippi and won't name the father, a new state law says authorities must collect umbilical cord blood and run DNA tests to prove paternity.

Experts say the law is likely the first of its kind nationwide.

Supporters say the law is intended to chip away at Mississippi's high teen pregnancy rate. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant says it could lead to prosecution of men who have sex with underage girls.

Critics say that though the procedure is painless, it invades the medical privacy of the mother, father and baby.

The law took effect July 1 but hasn't been used yet. The state medical examiner is setting administrative rules for how cord will be collected and stored.

not rated yet
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Only Miss. abortion clinic can't comply with law

Jan 12, 2013

Mississippi's only abortion clinic has missed a Friday deadline to comply with a new state law that requires each of its physicians to get hospital admitting privileges—a law the governor said he signed with the hopes of ...

Mississippi: Only state without abortion clinic?

Jul 01, 2012

(AP) — Mississippi soon could become the only U.S. state without an abortion clinic as a new law takes effect this weekend. Critics say it would force women in one of the country's poorest states to drive hours to obtain ...

North Carolina governor signs abortion rules bill

Jul 30, 2013

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday signed into law a measure directing state officials to regulate abortion clinics based on the same standards as those for outpatient surgical centers, a change that critics say will ...

Recommended for you

Study examines effect of hospital switch to for-profit status

12 hours ago

Hospital conversion from nonprofit to for-profit status in the 2000s was associated with better subsequent financial health but had no relationship to the quality of care delivered, mortality rates, or the proportion of poor ...

Hospital acquisitions leading to increased patient costs

12 hours ago

The trend of hospitals consolidating medical groups and physician practices in an effort to improve the coordination of patient care is backfiring and increasing the cost of patient care, according to a new study led by the ...

User comments