ILLINOIS — A controversial piece of legislation is now out of the running to become law. Last week, a bill was introduced to deny financial aid to a single mother who doesn’t name the father on the child’s birth certificate.
The legislation is now suspended. The co-sponsor says it had many flaws which would have resulted in unfair consequences. Some single mothers say it was a good move.
“I feel like it was my choice and that situation, I’m going to stand behind this. It’s my choice and I’m not going to put his name on it.”
Courtney McClure has been a single mom for a few years. She says she was outraged at hearing the news about potentially having to put the biological father’s name on her son’s birth certificate.
“If you’re going to fine people, you can fine me all you want. I’m still not going to do it because it’s not right.”
The bill was suspended just two weeks after it was filed and controversy followed.
“Most of the time, it’s situations, it’s a one-night stand, but the guy could be a drug dealer, he could be in jail or it could have been date rape.”
Penny Driver runs Teddy Bear Christian Child Care Center and says a majority of her clients rely on child care assistance. McClure uses some assistance and says, even though the bill was unfair, she understands both sides.
“I do see because there are people out there that do scam the system, so to speak, and there are people out there, they don’t put the father on there and they know that. They just choose not to.”
At the end of the day, McClure says she was happy to see the bill suspended so she can continue to raise her son.
“For me, I feel like I made the right choice. I’m good as it is now. I’m better off leaving my past with him in the past and moving forward.”
The bill’s sponsor, Representative John Cavaletto (R), declined to comment about why he dropped the bill.