The meaning of this, a child
are not married
, came about long ago when a child could have no legal father
other than the husband
of its mother
. Today, a man has a legal claim to and responsibility
for his offspring
regardless of whether he is married to the woman he impregnate
d or not. All children have two genetic
parents, and could be proven to be the offspring of a particular male through genetic testing
. Therefore all children are legitimate
; they are legally the product of two parents.
If human cloning becomes a practice, will this term see a rise and a new meaning? A clone could arguably be an illegitimate child in both senses of the word: not legitimately a child, or not naturally the legal offspring of two parents.