"It's a legitimate exercise of the police power, dear," I said. "And you should cooperate."
Whereupon, she immediately stopped crying.
The nurse taking her footprint must have considered us rather odd, but we're a pair, and a passion for constitutional principle something we've shared for a long time.
My Molly was about 21 minutes old at the time, and she's 21 years old this morning. Happy birthday, beloved girl!