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Discussion of umbilical cord blood on The Doctors

(Justin Lewis, WTVA)
(Justin Lewis, WTVA)
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Updated: 9/26/2013 11:35 am
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- A syndicated national television show will talk about a controversial new law in Mississippi mandates that medical professionals collect umbilical cord blood from teens who give birth prior to age 16 and refuse to name the father.

Today on "The Doctors", they will discuss a new law to analyze the cord blood for DNA, as a means to prosecute men for statutory rape.

The law is also intended to reduce Mississippi's high teen pregnancy rate, but critics of the policy say it invades the medical privacy of the mother, father and baby.

The law took effect in July 2013, it has yet to be utilized.

On the show, Mississippi Senator Sally Doty and State Representative Adrienne Wooten, who have opposing opinions, will explain their thoughts on the legislation.

You can see the program today at 3 p.m. on ABC-WTVA.
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