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Mississippi’s “Cord-Blood Law” Draws National Attention

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 27 Sep 2013 07:38am | comments

A new Mississippi law, that supporters say can help decrease teenage pregnancy, is again capturing national attention.   Mississippi's so-called "Cord Blood Law' is still dividing state and national figures.

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That warning preceded a Thursday segment on a nationally televised medical show called 'The Doctors' that focused a spot light on a controversial new Mississippi law.

The segment examined a law passed during the most recent legislative session called the 'Cord Blood Law' is the explanation by host Dr. Jason Stork.

"The law requires every pregnant teen under the age 16 to name the father of her baby. Or have her umbilical cord blood tested to get the DNA of the father," Stork explained.

The goal, as Mississippi Senator Sally Doty of Brookhaven told the hosts, is to track down the adult men who sexual assault and impregnate young girls.

 "And unfortunately we have a problem with older men who are targeting young girls and have improper relationships with them. We already have statutory rape laws on the books. We feel that this is just one more tool that we can use to aggressively prosecute a statory rapist," Doty said.

 The show also invited State Representative Adrienne Wooten of Ridgeland who criticized the law as an unconstitutional and expensive government over-reach.

"The situation with the umbilical cord blood legislation is that it is quite obvious that they are attempting to enact a DNA data base and to usurp the fourth amendment of the United State's constitution. It is a total invasion of privacy. The fourth amendment of the United State's constitution protects us from unreasonable searches and seizures," Wooten said.

The show's hosts seemed split on the issue, with Dr. Rachel Ross being critical of it and Dr. Jim Sears defending it.

 "The fourth amendment we fought for that. That an illegal search and seizure," Ross said.

 "That guy gave up his rights when he rapes a young teenger," Sear replied.

 "There are so many other ways to go about coinvicting a guy who rapes somebody," Ross said.

 The law was passed by the legislature and took effect this year....It is not clear if it has yet been used to prosecute any men.






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