DNA and Dads!

United States
June 18, 2007 5:19am CST
I wonder just how many Dads enjoyed the celebration yesterday but were not aware that they really were not the biological papas? This thought had me thinking if DNA was available 100 years do you think it would have changed the course of history? Any comments?
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@sunshinecup (7882)
18 Jun 07
That is a good question! It's sad to wonder, but you know there are plenty of them. Many I suspect not even the Mother knows. I don't know what the impact would have been if we had this available a 100 years ago. I know 63 years ago would have been nice. My mother was a result of incest rape. But back then it was the word of a 14 year old against a 19 who was in the military. They took his claim of not being the father over my Grand mothers. She carried the shame from that small town all her life, knowing she didn't lie. BTW he confessed 3 years ago on his deathbed after he was saved. My grandmother passed away almost 15 years prior and didn’t get to enjoy the privilege of having her named cleard.
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• United States
18 Jun 07
What another sad story. My faith leads me to believe your grandmother knows that the truth has come out.
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19 Jun 07
Well I never doubted her, but you know how these small little country towns can be. Especially back then, when most didn't even have a radio. I still think my Mom should have his remains tested and then sue his estate. He owned his own chain of grocery stores here in the south. But Mom says she don't want his money or anything from that scum bag. I reckon I can see her point.
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@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
18 Jun 07
I don't know if it would have changed the course of history, but I can say one thing. I wish DNA tests were not so expensive. My step son is quite possibly not his Father's son.My husband has always wondered, as his ex had affairs before & during their marriage. One affair occured when she fell pregnant with my step son. My husband has never really be sure if his son is really is. They look absolutely nothing alike, & no have no personality characteristics in common, that I can tell, but that doesn't really prove anything. I have heard the DNA tests cost $700 in Australia.
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• United States
18 Jun 07
How sad for your husband to live with that uncertainty. If he is paying child support couldn't the courts force a DNA test?
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@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
19 Jun 07
Probably the courts could force a DNA test. But for this to happen we would have to go to Court in the first place, which costs a great deal of money. Far better off to find out first, from a DNA test whether or not my husband is the Father. This is easily done with a n online DNA test, & his mother would not know. Then, we could go to Court, if the results showed another man fatherd my step son. Yes, my husband pays a great deal in Child Support. DNA tets cost $700. Does anyone know if there is free DNA testing available, or very low cost?
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@tredale (1313)
• Australia
18 Jun 07
I would think so there be a lot of men out there paying and getting money back from children that are not theirs. I think its important that children know who there fathers are as well but I think also it must be very hard for fathers who find out down the track the child they have been raising or paying for arent even theres. Yes it would change the course of history. Henry the eigth springs too mind.lol
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• United States
18 Jun 07
That is strage because when I mentioned history Henry the Eighth came to my mind also...LOL
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• United States
18 Jun 07
I really don't think much would have changed, even if we knew about DNA techniques a hundred years ago. People would still be cheating on each other, children would be brought up by a person who was not their original father, and so on. Although I would like to think things would be different, the way things are now, I don't really think people would care either way.
• United States
18 Jun 07
The guys that are with their family, caring for them and encouraging them and comforting them, providing for all their needs....those are the Dads. Biology really isn't the issue it is the degree of care. Sperm donors are one thing but dads are another. As far as changing the course of history, I don't really know, I always thought that back then adultery was frowned upon heavily so I'm not sure the issue would be a prevailent as it is today.
• United States
21 Jun 07
I agree with what makes a dad. Actually adultery was quite prevalent back then. Especially with people who were in arranged marriages, royalty and such.
• United States
19 Jun 07
I don't think it would have changed the course of history. Of course, more murders probably would be solved than have when they didn't have DNA. Also there would be more proof of blood fatherhood but I don't know what difference that would have made. There still would have been deadbeat dads who wouldn't want to take the responsibility of taking care of the babies that they fathered.
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@MsTickle (24804)
• Australia
20 Jun 07
I don't know about changing the course of history a hundred years ago but I know it's changing it now. In divorce cases and custody battles here in Australia, many (alleged) Dad's are having DNA tests. They might be going for custody and told the child isn't theirs, or there's a degree of doubt so the test decides as to wether or not Daddy pays maitenance. In the case of a custody battle...if the mother proclaims that the child was fathered by another, she would have to forgo maitenance. A bit of a double edged sword really.
• United States
21 Jun 07
For potential child payment suits I theink it is great that it can be used to make sure the correct father is paying the support.
@farazkh1 (1157)
• Pakistan
19 Jun 07
Therefore fornication & Adultery is prohibited in religions and been considered as a major sin so i feel that everyone should get married and protect himself/herself from evil acts so the children future of us will feel secure and honored to have there both parents together ........
@youdontsay (3503)
• United States
21 Jun 07
I don't think it would change that much. Father's Day is more about celebrating fatherhood, not the act of insemination. To be respected for raising one's children well is much more important than bragging about having "made babies". It always puzzled me why some men are proud of fertilizing an egg that they did help with the incubation and care of the results. When I worked in prison there were lots of men who proudly stated they had five, six, or more children but never lived with any of the numerous mothers or contributed any financial support. That's not being a father in my book. And I don't think of it as something to brag about.
• United States
21 Jun 07
I was in no way questioning the celebration of father's day. I think any man who ACTS like a father is deserving of this celebration. It was just a thought that there could be some who thought they were the biological father but in reality were not.
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• United States
22 Jun 07
Do you think knowing they aren't the biological father would change their parenting behavior? I wonder why some men reject or resent a child that doesn't share his genes. I know that it happens. I guess it is a remnant of our animal heritage. Many mammals destroy their young to protect their genetic line. It always amazes me how the animals know which offspring is theirs or not.