State's New Law Makes Dads Pony Up Half of Pregnancy Costs
Under a new law, biological fathers in Utah will be legally required to pay prenatal child support.
That means, they’ll have to pay half of a woman's out-of-pocket pregnancy costs.
The bill would apply to a pregnant woman's health insurance premiums and any pregnancy-related medical costs. If the paternity of the child is disputed, fathers won't be required to pay until after paternity is established.
Utah appears to be the first state to mandate prenatal child support.
Utah state Representative Brady Brammer says the law will make it easier to bring life into the world. Anti-abortion activists say the bill will protect the lives of unborn children by supporting women through their pregnancy.