MESA standing firm on DNA testing

The National Organization of Women (NOW) remains firm on its opposition to mandatory DNA testing, despite a recent case in which a man paid $35,000 in child support only to find out after eight years that he was not the child’s father.

President Marilyn Rice-Bowen described the situation as “very unfortunate”, but insisted that “NOW still reveres the position of a mother and we will not waver from our original position against mandatory DNA testing”.

However, Ralph Boyce, president of the Men’s Educational Support Association (MESA) indicated that the case supported his group’s call for mandatory testing.

The article, published by Barbados TODAY, reported on a family matter in court in which a retiree discovered, through the results of a DNA test, that he had been deceived into paying child support.

He also discovered that the girl had been residing at a Government-run institution for the past two years, that the mother continued receiving the money he had paid into the court even though she was not supporting the girl, and that she had presented another man to the Child Care Board as the father of the child.

Ralph Boyce
President of MESA Ralph Boyce

Boyce told Barbados TODAY that type of discovery was “a fairly normal occurrence”.

But he said with DNA testing now accepted as “what has to happen when there is doubt”, would “stop a lot of the nonsense that has been going on in Barbados and it will ensure that men have some recourse”.

His concern, however, is the high cost of DNA testing and the fact that some courts are asking men to pay for such tests, while others advocate that the cost be split between the man and woman.

Rice-Bowen, meantime, said it was “regrettable that the father was not aware of the steps in the process to securing a DNA test which would have saved him time and money”.

She said her organization did not have the statistical data to show the number of DNA tests done annually, or the results of those tests.

The NOW president said it was important to have that data to determine what, if any, public education programmes were required.

Source: Sandra Downes

9 Responses to MESA standing firm on DNA testing

  1. Cynthia Blackman
    Cynthia Blackman February 4, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Exactly my comment when I saw the article .. We do not like to go through these things but when we read such … PETER definitely has to pay for Paul and it is indeed terrible for both parties

  2. Jenipher Ifill
    Jenipher Ifill February 4, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    As soon as a woman put a man in court for child support DNA testing should be mandatory……

  3. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner February 4, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    As soon as child is deliver DNA testing should be required blame these stupid men for not insisting because unless one is done not a red cent plain and simple.

  4. Dexter Squires
    Dexter Squires February 4, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    DNA testing should be mandatory……

  5. Sheron Thompson
    Sheron Thompson February 4, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    It should be done was it not a case where a woman had 3 men in 3 different courts for the same child crazy and bold thing to do if that story is true

  6. Javier Maynard
    Javier Maynard February 4, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Alot of d women gine get scared………thats all im saying

  7. E. Jerome Davis February 4, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    I made that call even before Mesa. When it becomes affordable it should be administered with every birth.It is the only way to level the paying field.

  8. Lance Layne February 5, 2015 at 12:50 am

    It’s not like you have to draw blood to do the DNA test or anything like that; and why are women so afraid of the idea? However, it should be an option, not mandatory.

  9. Meakai February 6, 2015 at 10:24 am

    “Hard ears yuh won’t hear, own way yuh gine feel.”
    In Barbados where everybody know somebody’s business, it is hard for a man to support a child that is not his without hearing rumours to that effect.

    If he chooses to ignore said rumours and later ends up paying $35 000.00 in support; whose fault is that?
    Why blame the woman? How do you know it was not an honest mistake?

    The old people used to say ” if yun din went dey, yuh name cuhdun get call.”


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