"With liberty and justice for all" is a familiar phrase upon which the American system of jurisprudence is founded. Yet society has been slow to allow a large number of its citizens to enjoy the benefits of such equal justice. Exemplifying this inconsistency is the stigma that envelops illegitimacy. "Illegitimacy is a way of life-a second-class way of life, imposed not only by the fact of birth outside a family, but by law as well." The fact that society has accepted and continues to accept this legislatively enforced discrimination against illegitimate children, while favoring legitimate children, may rest on the same ground as the inferior position of other classes throughout history-prejudice.