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New Bill Would Allow Women Collect Child Support While Being Pregnant



New Bill Would Allow Women Collect Child Support When Pregnant

Lawmakers have introduced a bill that would allow women to collect child support while pregnant, according to a July 13 news release. Titled the Unborn Child Support Act, the bill would allow an expectant mother to even retroactively collect on child support up to the point of conception as long as it can be proven by a physician.

“I hope good legislation, like the Unborn Child Support Act, gets more support now that the Dobbs decision encourages us to look more seriously at supporting mothers and their unborn children,” said Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss. and cosponsor of the bill.

“This legislation would help ensure women have opportunities to receive child support payments from the earlier days of their pregnancy.”

The bill would only require a paternity test at the request of the mother as long as no harm comes to the unborn child and payment plans will be at the discretion of a judge and the mother.

“Caring for the well-being of our children begins long before a baby is born. It begins at the first moment of life – conception – and fathers have obligations, financial and otherwise, during pregnancy. Mothers should be able to access child support payments as soon as she is supporting a child. Our bill makes this possible,” said Sen. Kevin Cramer, R- N.D., also a cosponsor of the bill.

Senators Steve Daines, R-Mont., Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Rick Scott R-Fla., Roger Marshall, M.D., R-Kan., and James Lankford, R-Okla., also cosponsored the bill.

A law requiring biological fathers to pay half of a woman’s out-of-pocket pregnancy costs is already in effect in Utah. And in a few states, including Wisconsin and New York, there are provisions that can result in fathers being financially responsible for pre-birth expenses.

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