Do Children Have the Right to Know Who Their Parents Are?

6 May

On a blog site I’m subscribed to, a woman has a petition going around in hopes that she can take her child’s father’s name off of her birth certificate.

Her reasoning is that her child was molested by this man, at only 4 months old. Now, before you start thinking about what king of a sick person would do this, I ask you to stay objective.

The name on a birth certificate is nothing more than a declaration of whose penis went into your vagina to make the baby (in theory, at least). I think every person has a right to know whose DNA came together to form them.

And the man that molested his 4 month old daughter is nothing more than a DNA contributor. He will be that regardless of whether his name is on the birth certificate or not, and he will not be her father regardless of whether his name is on the birth certificate or not. He will be in prison a minimum of 30 years, and she won’t remember him (she was only 4 months, remember?).

I understand her desire to have his name removed, and according to the text of the petition, she is having difficulty with the Rhode Island government and filling out paperwork for various things that are part of her daily life.  I think that the biological father of this child should sign over any and all rights, but I think that his name should stay on the birth certificate.

Do you think both parents names should be on a child’s birth certificate if both parents are known? Do we, as people, have the right to know whose DNA we carry? What do you think about this situation?

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