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The front page of The New York Times’ business section reports on a new scientific breakthrough: a noninvasive blood test that can determine paternity while a child is still in the womb, as early as the eighth week of the pregnancy.

In other words, as soon as a woman finds out she is pregnant, she can find out who the father is.

The Times glowingly describes this new technology’s many uses: “Men who clearly know they are the father might be more willing to support the woman financially and emotionally during the pregnancy.” Even better, “state governments might one day pursue child support payments without having to wait until the birth.”

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