This issue came up twice today - once in the forum, and once in an E-mail question I received from one of our readers.
My personal opinion is that if a woman knows the identify of the father, and the child was conceived during a consensual act, then steps should be taken to establish paternity and include the father's name on the birth certificate, whether he plans to be involved in the child's life or not. This is because the child will surely ask later in life who his or her father was, and you want to be able to answer that question honestly.
However, I'd really like to know what you think. Do you have a strong opinion on this issue? Tell us your thoughts by leaving a comment below or E-mailing me directly. Each submission will be considered for inclusion in an upcoming synopsis of this issue.