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U.S. News Archive
October 21 - October 27, 2000





This page contains news for the period October 21, 2000 through October 27, 2000.


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Friday, October 27, 2000

CBS News Correspondent Charles Osgood focuses on AASP's ad campaign

The Osgood Files, carried a segment about AASP and its advertising campaign today.

CBS Radio Network Correspondent Charles Osgood has been called "one of the last great broadcast writers" by no less authority than colleague Charles Kuralt.

Heard daily on the CBS Radio Network, Osgood anchors and writes THE OSGOOD FILES, four commentaries on headlines or little-known news stories of his own choosing.

New Ohio Paternity Law Takes Effect

An Associated Press story published today reports that a new state law that took effect Friday allows a man to sue to end his child support payments if genetic testing proves he is not the father.

``Ohio no longer rewards mothers who lie about who the father of their baby is,'' said the bill's sponsor, Rep. Peter Lawson Jones.

Like most states, Ohio had relied on a 500-year-old English common-law doctrine presuming a man is the legal father of any child born to his wife during their marriage. The doctrine existed because in medieval England a child shown to be illegitimate would have virtually no rights.

According to the National Association of State Legislators only Colorado, Iowa and Louisiana have passed similar paternity laws. Most states have policies like one in California to forbid ``inquiries into the child's paternity that would be destructive of family integrity and privacy.''

Dennis Caron, 44, testified before a Senate committee in support of Jones' bill. Caron got a DNA test after his divorce that he said proved he wasn't the father of a  boy he thought was his son.

He sued to end paying child support after his ex-wife cut off his contact with the child, but a judge refused to lift his obligation and jailed him for contempt.

After an eight-year legal battle, Caron is now suing his ex-wife for fraud in an attempt to collect over $100,000 in past support payments and legal expenses.

Geraldine Jensen, president of the Association for Children for Enforcement of Support, says Ohio has caught up with science.

``We have women that are separated but not divorced who become pregnant by another man during the separation,'' she said. ``Under the old law, the court was bound to list the man she was still married to as the child's father.''

Critics say the new law will disrupt children's lives and ruin families financially. Officials said it also will cost the government an undetermined amount of money to pay for DNA tests and legal work involved in welfare cases, in which county agencies rely on child support as reimbursement.

``The deception causes more disruption in the long run,'' Jones argued.

According to the story, the state's Legislative Budget Office predicts that fewer than 1,000 men will successfully challenge support orders each year in Ohio under the law.


Thursday, October 26, 2000

Fox News Channel carries story about AASP ad campaign

Shepard Smith

Fox News Channel carried a story yesterday about the presidential candidates ignoring single and unmarried voters.  The story appeared during the news hour with Shepard Smith.

Thomas F. Coleman, executive director of AASP, explained that even though every single vote counts -- since the presidential race is so close -- the major candidates have been unwilling to specifically address the concerns of single people and directly ask for their vote.

Coleman also detailed some of the types of marital status discrimination occurring in the workplace and in government tax laws.

Smith asked Coleman if any of the presidential candidates had reached out to single voters.  Coleman explained tha