Illinois GOP: If single moms can’t find the dad, their babies won’t get birth certificates

Being a single mom in Springfield, Illinois could get a little more difficult if certain GOP lawmakers get their way.

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We’ve removed this post because aspects of the story later turned out to be inaccurate.

From Snopes:

What’s True: HB6064 was introduced as a change to Illinois’ public aid laws and contained provisions that could prevent a single mother from obtaining a birth certificate if she didn’t identify the father of her child.

What’s False: The bill did not prevent all single mothers from obtaining birth certificates, nor was it intended to punish or stigmatize single mothers by preventing them from obtaining birth certificates.



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    Mike Davis

    February 25, 2016 at 2:55 am

    What mental genius thought this up? I’m sure the intent is to prevent a future voter from registration. No birth certificate, no voter ID, but also no passport. This is nothing but a cloaked religious judgement (despite “…judge not lest…”) against unwed mothers and a snarky punishment for those who make a “moral mistake.”

    But it’s not the two MALE politicians who at fault here. When voters elect these vengeful misguided judgmental “patriots,” the citizens of Illinois are at fault, and it’s young women pay the price. I hope each and every one of these politicians have a pregnant unwed teenage daughter that runs afoul of this absurd madness. It sure changed Dick Cheney’s mind in a hurry.

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    February 25, 2016 at 4:49 am

    Hateful agenda, I wonder what that gal President Obama is raising, Sarah Palins daughter, would do if she didnt live a life of financial priviledge preaching abstitnence for OTHERS? Hmmm

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    February 25, 2016 at 6:43 am

    Congressional Republicans continue to brown-nose social conservatives and Christian theocrats who have curious take on the politics and ethics of contraception and pregnancy:

    Step 1) Slut-shame any female who chooses to use birth control, make it unavailable to minors, and decry the lack of morals when an unplanned pregnancy occurs or when an unwed woman chooses to become pregnant.

    Step 2) Mandate that all pregnant females carry the fetus to term and give birth, but once the baby is born … f*ck ’em both — they’re on their own!

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    Julie Clemons

    February 25, 2016 at 7:25 am

    This is total BS. What happens to rape victims who want to keep thier babies…this stupid ass law makes abortion a bigger possibility.

    Not to mention it infringes in the civil rights of the child…you know, the one who the GOP says have rights even in the womb?

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    Pat Vasil

    February 25, 2016 at 7:54 am

    If men would keep it in their pants, we wouldn’t be having these problems.

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    February 25, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Wait until the baby daddy is a married Republican politician…

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    Mike Davis

    February 25, 2016 at 10:03 am

    If we are going to do this, then we need to collect DNA samples from all males in the United States for comparison with unidentified male partners of Illinois females (males do cross state lines, you know.) It is unfair to the child to be unable to obtain a birth certificate due to no fault of their own, and it is unfair to the mother who must bear an (often) unwanted child, raise him/her and pay the bills associated with that child while the father is off seeking yet another conquest with no responsibility and no cost whatsoever.

    Do these Republicans not understand this, or do they simply not give a damn when there are potential votes at stake?

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    Mr. Jackson

    February 25, 2016 at 10:23 am

    ReTHUGlicans are only “pro-life” until you’re born. After that, you can go fu*k yourself, because they will try everything possible to make you regret living. They are loathsome sacks of excrement! #WarOnWomen #YesAllWomen

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    February 25, 2016 at 10:38 am

    The want to make it impossible to have birth control readily available so women get pregnant. They want to make abortion illegal, so women have babies. They want to make you name the daddy so that you can prove you can afford the baby you were forced to have because you didn’t have access to birth control when you wanted to prevent it because you were too poor to have a baby!!! These people are just mean. They are just MEAN!

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    February 25, 2016 at 11:47 am

    NO, this is horrible. This is so bad it’s disgusting. It’s putting women in the place of sexual slavery to men. No, just no.

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    Mitch Brown

    February 25, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    I think this has more to do with the reports of women having 5, 6, 7 children with 5, 6, 7 different men. Is she allowed to do that? Is she free to do that? The answer is a resounding “OF COURSE” she is free to do those things. The issue becomes a political one when the state, via the taxpayers, is requested to fill in as surrogate financial caretaker for each one of those children.

    Now, being a solid member of The Left, I know, from experience, the mere utterance of this heresy will likely have me branded as an apostate among my fellow travelers, but, give it a shot, consider it.

    Is what the state owes to a single, unwed mother, unlimited? If it is, ok, end of discussion. If it isn’t, well, what’s the cut off?

    By the way, this bill is pure legislative garbage. I know where its trying to go, but it’ll never get there. Its dishonest at its core. All dishonest people are easy to spot.

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    Sarah Allen

    February 25, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Sadly this will create another generation of dumpster babies! WTF!

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    February 25, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Sarah Palin’s daughter knows who the father of her child is, and as far as I know she has not asked for government assistance to raise her child.

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    February 25, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    You people are totally missing the point. This is an attempt to make both parents financially responsible for the child. There is a segment of our population who have figured out how to maximize their government assistance. Even if these women know who the father is they will not list him because if they don’t they get a bigger “paycheck”. I am tired of my hard-earned tax dollars going to support children who are born solely for the purpose of increasing their mother’s assistance.

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    Frances Barbara Fraser

    February 25, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    This need to make women totally responsible for almost every bad or unwanted happening has to stop. This could be the place. In Illinois it is unlikely men will flock to prove that they are the daddy. There are the rapists. Then there were the homeless who were cold and alone one night. These is the rich doctor just about to retire from that girl’s life. How many in any place and time where fear and loniness prevail.? Many, all with different stories, all equally / valid. However it is long past time for men to tell each other to keep their penis inside their pants

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    Alexandra Tomko

    February 26, 2016 at 12:49 am

    I do know the name of her father and would not provide it to anyone if I did. Although I was married at the time I got pregnant he is not the father of my daughter – I was raped in a parking lot late one night and got pregnant as a result. I am not bothered by and have no qualms with the situation; she’s my daughter and to me her parentage changes nothing but her DNA, but I would be mighty angry if she was denied a birth certificate because of it. I hold no grudge against my attacker, but I do find it objectionable to be asked to make sacrifices due to someone else’s crime.

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    Alexandra Tomko

    February 26, 2016 at 12:51 am

    sorry, do *not* know the name

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    Michael Williams

    February 26, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    No birth certificate for Jesus, huh?

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    Halldancer Robin

    February 26, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Sure, I think we get that. But let’s say I want to have a baby via in vitro fertilization with donor sperm. I want an anonymous donor because I choose to raise this child by myself and be financially responsible. But, because there’s no known “father”, my baby can’t get a birth certificate? That’s B.S.! I can think of other scenarios, but you get the drift. They need to figure out a better way to curb welfare abuse, but this ain’t it!

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    February 27, 2016 at 12:54 am

    Immaculate conception is a myth darlin’. It takes two. Why not do what another poster suggested and make a national database and require all men deposit DNA for the records just in case they run from supporting their spawn? Makes as much sense as your take on this mess we call america.

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    Vicky Cook

    February 27, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Since there are many definitions legally accepted for Father, in both noun and verb form, might I suggest to the unwed mother’s of Illinois that they embrace their religious freedom in this governmental matter and name “GOD” as the father or guardian of their child. Make them legally contest it in court. As insane as it may sound to some, I really think naming God as the father OR guardian of your child would open a interesting door concerning separation of church and state that no one has yet thought to consider. To fight in a U.S. civil court the idea that God is in no way responsible for the conception or birth of a child, and thus cannot be considered by the mother as her child’s “Father” or “Guardian” ,based on her personal religious beliefs and religious understanding of who she interprets as being Father or Guardian, would be a court case I would be very, very intrigued to observe.

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    February 27, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    USA is the only place I see where you cant get birth control over the counter. So everyone under 18 is basically screwed cause they cant just do the the doctor without their parents consent. No wonder so msny teen pregnancies around. Ridiculous!!!!

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    May 9, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    I’ve considered it. Your mistake, much like the masterminds behind this bill, is making it about the mother when it should be about the children. You’re so busy trying to punish the mother that the children who are being brought into the world are getting caught up in the punishment. We can’t go out of our way to ensure that certain children are being put at a disadvantage before they’re even born and then be astonished when they don’t pull themselves up by the bootstraps they never even had. But I guess if The Right was actually interested in the well being of actually born and realized human beings, they wouldn’t come up with things like this.

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    May 9, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Yeah? I hope you’re in enthusiastic favor of free birth control and easy access to abortion. Those will go much further to keep your hard earned tax dollars from going to feed children than this will. And what if a woman is raped? Those kids are just SOL?

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    May 10, 2016 at 6:53 am

    I find this wrong. We want to give father’s rights to children that their could be a good reason the mom doesn’t want the name of the dad known. I do not agree that parents have equal rights to their children. I went through 9 months of providing nutrition to my children and their wonderful dad didn’t speak to me for 2 months because I got pregnant and he didn’t want children. Did I mention we were married. Can’t imagine why that didn’t work out. But the court wants to give equal rights to dad and don’t get me wrong some dad’s deserve it to be equal and some more pending the mom, but it should be individualized. The child should have rights and if mom has reason to protect that unborn child from the dad they should have that right.

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    Frank Blank

    August 25, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    These politicians should be water boarded for two weeks, then be tried and executed for crimes against humanity.

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    Pat Green

    August 27, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Jen, if Bristol has children out of wedlock, and she can afford to raise them, that’s her business. BUT – when she preaches morality, purity and abstinence AND gets paid a ton of money to do it, that’s when I call bullshit and hypocrisy and she has made herself a public target and deserves to be called out on it.

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