What do you think of the paternity testing ban in France?

No, that title is no joke. In France, it is illegal to buy a paternity test kit to find out if you are indeed the father. The official reasoning is that it will "disturb the peace within French families", and "fatherhood is determined by society, not by biology." You can only get a paternity test in special circumstances, and then through a court order and with the mother's consent under strict state supervision. If you do it secretly with a foreign lab and are caught, it's a year in prison and a 15,000 Euro fine.

In my opinion. It prevents guys from finding out the truth and holds families that should break up together. It also hurts children too. A man who suspects paternity will will not bond with his child (which can cause all sorts of behavioral and social problems later on), and since the majority of paternity tests carried out show the suspicious guy is the father, it could lead to a lot of biological kids getting rejected by their fathers.

Also, this "fatherhood is determined by society" thing is scarily totalitarian-sounding. It's basically telling you that the state will tell you what a father is.

The main argument of the opponents is that preserving the families should be first and foremost, and it's better for the children and everyone involved.

Take-home aternity test kits were also almost banned in the UK in the early 2000s, and there are some voices calling for it to be banned in the UK and the US.

So what do you guys think? The right way to go or not?
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