Does the Edwards Love Child Have Rights?

Does the Edwards Love Child Have Rights?

Does the Edwards Love Child Have Rights?

The XX Factor
What Women Really Think
Sept. 21 2009 9:52 AM

Does the Edwards Love Child Have Rights?

Jess , here's what interested me yesterday. (Besides the Dave Matthews band detail. Now that's a way to abuse your power in bed: "No, honey," he says seductively. "I didn't mean the CD. I meant the actual band .") This story seems to be breaking open new legal territory, with the argument that hush money to a mistress might have to count as campaign donations. But then there's this other Bleak House twist. At the end of the Times story was this interesting passage:

It could also shift Ms. Hunter’s image from that of a predatory celebrity stalker (Mrs. Edwards told Oprah Winfrey that Ms. Hunter met her husband after waiting for him to come out of a New York hotel and telling him, "You’re so hot.") to that of a mother concerned about her child’s rights.

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Several questions: Do we believe that's what she's after? And is this common legal territory, seeking "rights" for your child from a father who won't acknowledge her? And does "rights" mean something more complicated than financial support. Legal ladies, please advise.