DNA testing, TV and privacy

I absolutely cannot stand shows like Jeremy Kyle where really personal moments are lived out on a TV screen.

It’s like making a circus out of someones most private life. Yet it’s is  partly because these revelations, meetings or bits of information are so important that you can understand why people take this road.

Perhaps they have been looking for their missing relative for years but with no joy. A TV show has the resources and money to search far deeper and wider than an individual and sometimes people are so desperate they are prepared to let such intense moment be televised as its the only way they can afford make these things happen.

When it comes to paternity testing there are all sorts of reasons why people just need to know. Sometimes these reasons are purely emotional. A relationship can’t prosper because of an element of doubt perhaps. Sometimes its just to settle things so the child will know in future.

Sometimes and very often, it is to do with money and fathers accepting financial responsibility for their child. They need to be sure and the mothers need to prove it.

GTL DNA testing is accredited by the Ministry of Justice as a body that may carry out parentage tests and a large part of this can be done at home before being sent off for analysis. I wonder if people who go on shows like Jeremy Kyle know such tests are available? I know they need to be paid for these tests but surely it is a worthwhile investment  to tryand save up to do this and than exposing a  your child’s questioned paternity  through TV.

I would absolutely love it if sensation seeking TV shows funded responsible parents who need paternity tests to do this privately and discretely and showcased other silly more frivolous stuff instead.

What do you think?

I think we need to protect our babies privacy more even if it has a financial cost.

 

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  1. August 22, 2013 / 3:41 pm

    I watch Jeremy Kyle and think half the people on there are just after a free night away in a hotel and also since Legal aid was stopped it is a quick, free way to get things sorted….Crazy!
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