Utah fathers will be forced to pay half of women’s healthcare costs during pregnancyavril 5, 2021
HB113, a Republican-sponsored bill, was created by anti-abortion advocates who wanted to put more responsibility on “men in the bringing of life into the world,” the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
The bill, which was signed into law by Republican Governor Spencer Cox in mid-March, makes Utah the first state to mandate prenatal support from the father. But other states like New York and Wisconsin include provisions that make the father liable to provide some prenatal support, according to the Associated Press.
Representative Brady Brammer, a Republican who co-sponsored the bill, said his support was due to the number of anti-abortion measures that were getting pushed through the state legislature. Instead, he wanted to promote life.
“We want to help people and actually be pro-life in how we do it as opposed to anti-abortion,” Mr Brammer said. “One of the ways to help with that was to help the burden of pregnancy be decreased.”
Financial responsibility on the father would include paying 50 per cent of a woman’s health insurance premiums and other prenatal medical costs. But it would not require the father to help pay for an abortion they didn’t consent to unless the situation resulted in rape or the mother’s life was in danger.
The signed proposal has received widespread support from the Republican-controlled Congress in Utah, but some abortion advocates have claimed the bill could make it harder for females in abusive relationships.
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