Single Men and the Intercourse Registry

Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. is a Gynecologist, Director of the New York Menopause Center, Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Assistant Attending Obstetrician and Gynecologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She is a board certified fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Allen is also a member of the Faculty Advisory Board and the Women’s Health Director of The Weill Cornell Community Clinic (WCCC). Dr. Allen was the recipient of the 2014 American Medical Women’s Association Presidential Award.

Here’s a story we discovered on; we’re happy to lead you to it. Thanks, Atlantic,  for alerting women to yet another threat to their reproductive—and privacy—rights.


Did you know that 33 states maintain a Putative Father Registry? Believe it or not, unmarried men in those states can register every sexual relationship they have with women—including (the info asked for varies from state to state) the woman’s weight, height, race, eye color, birthday, Social Security number, probable date of intercourse, and/or last known location.

Yes! All this in order to preserve an unmarried man’s right to contest any plans his sexual partner may have give his child up for adoption. The registry enables a man to be notified of any request to terminate his parental rights if any child he has fathered—knowingly or not—is put up for adoption. 

The article explains: “You had a one-night stand? Don’t wait three days to call—better to register, and quick. New relationship? Verify her identity and get a social security number. Just moved in with your girlfriend? Bed, Bath, and Beyond isn’t the only place you should register.

“. . . Some may see the registry as a way of forcing a pregnant mother to maintain an unwanted connection with past partners. She may withhold information for reasons of safety and well-being: domestic violence, mental distress, or financial pressures. She could have become pregnant from a sexual assault or experience regret about an unwanted pregnancy. She might also disagree with the father about her reproductive choices to terminate the pregnancy or place the child with another family.  Privileging the mother’s rights over the father’s recognizes her right to bodily autonomy.”

Our younger sisters and daughters, you need to learn about this now.

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