Proposed Illinois Law Would Deny Support from Mothers Who Don’t List Father on Birth Certificate

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Sec. 1-8.6. Birth certificates. A family unit shall be ineligible for any financial aid provided under this Code for the support of a child who has not been issued a birth certificate as provided in subsection of Section 12 of the Vital Records Act.

If an unmarried mother cannot or refuses to name the child’s father at the time of birth, either:

(a) a father must be conclusively established by DNA evidence; or

(b) within 30 days after birth, another family member who will financially provide for the child must be named, in court, on the birth certificate.

If neither condition is met, a birth certificate shall not be issued for the child and the mother will be ineligible for any financial aid provided under the Illinois Public Aid Code for the support of the child.

However, if an artificially inseminated mother wishes to raise the child on her own, she may obtain a birth certificate for the child with only her name on the birth certificate if she signs a release stating that she waives her rights to any financial aid provided under the Illinois Public Aid Code for the support of the child.

via The Friendly Atheist


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