Shaming Young Mothers

Shaming Young Mothers - Copyright 2002 The New York Times...

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Copyright 2002 The New York Times Company The New York Times August 23, 2002, Friday, Late Edition - Final SECTION: Section A; Page 17; Column 6; Editorial Desk LENGTH: 714 words HEADLINE: Shaming Young Mothers BYLINE: By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF; E-mail: nicholas@nytimes.com Do you want to know about the sex life of Sandra, a 33-year-old brunette in Tampa? Just read the Florida newspapers. Sandra is being forced by Florida state law to buy advertisements that give her full name (which I'm not repeating) and physical description: 5 feet 2 inches, 142 pounds, brown eyes. Then, as the law requires, she has to list and describe the five men she had sex with late last summer: Bill, Tommy, Allen, Eric and Joshua. This new state law requires women -- even 14- and 15-year-old girls, even rape victims -- to disclose the name and address of the father of a baby offered for adoption, or else to publish these ads for four weeks. Perhaps not since a tribal council in Pakistan ordered a woman to be gang-raped in June has a government treated women with such contempt. The new Florida law was meant to reduce the risk of a father's emerging years
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