Mississippi aims to curb teen pregnancy with umbilical blood law

By Emily Le Coz JACKSON, Mississippi (Reuters) – Mississippi will require doctors to collect umbilical cord blood from babies born to some young mothers, under a new law intended to identify statutory rapists and reduce the state’s rate of teenage pregnancy, the highest in the country. The measure, which takes effect on July 1 and is the first of its kind in the country, targets certain mothers who were 16 or younger at the time of conception. …
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