Several Illinois politicians believe they’ve found the solution to ensuring women aren’t relying on the government for welfare, food stamps or any other type of aid.
A new bill will prevent single mother’s from receiving a birth certificate for their child if they refuse to list the father. These mothers will also be deemed ineligible to receive any state related benefits.
Without a birth certificate, the child would most likely be unable to register for school. IDs and passports would also be unavailable to a person that does not have a valid birth certificate.
According to the Bipartisan Report, Republican representatives John D. Cavaletto and Keith Wheeler have sponsored the bill that would amend the state’s Vital Records Act. Here is the bill’s thrust:
‘…Provides that if the unmarried mother cannot or refuses to name the child’s father, either a father must be conclusively established by DNA evidence or, within 30 days after birth, another family member who will financially provide for the child must be named, in court, on the birth certificate.’
‘Provides that absent DNA evidence or a family member’s name, a birth certificate will not be issued and the mother will be ineligible for financial aid from the State for support of the child.’
While the majority Democratic House initially struck down the bill, Illinois State Representative Jeanne Ives has been vocal about passing this new legislation.
“You need to have verifiable need. You better know who the daddy is and whether or not he can afford that child and whether or not the taxpayers should be funding that or if there’s actual child support he can provide.” said Ives in defense of the bill.
Ed Yohnka of the Illinois American Civil Liberties Union has denounced the restrictive bill in saying:
“This is a punitive and outrageous bill that would have a hugely negative impact on those most likely in need of safety net programs and support.”
Beauties lets talk, what do you think about politicians trying to interfere with a woman’s choice to be a single mother?
Additional Source: Chicagoist