A recent law introduced in Utah, United States, would force biological fathers to cover half of the out-of-pocket costs of pregnancy.
Governor Spencer Cox signed the measure, supported by Republican state Representative Brady Brammer, after it received widespread approval from state lawmakers.
The law also mandates fathers to cover half of a mother’s insurance payments when she is pregnant, as well as pregnancy-related care expenses, such as the child’s hospital delivery.
According to the legislation, if paternity is disputed, the father of the child owes no money until paternity is established.
The bill also states that if a mother receives an abortion without the biological father’s consent, the biological father owes no money, unless the abortion is necessary to avert the death of the mother or if the mother was pregnant as a result of rape or incest.
Utah appears to be the only state to mandate pre-birth support, according to Brammer and the state’s Planned Parenthood association