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February 3, 2020

U.S. Senate Bill Would Let Pregnant Mothers Receive Child Support from Fathers

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Last Tuesday, North Dakota Senator Kevin Cramer introduced a bill that would allow judges to require the father of an unborn child to pay child support to the mother.

The Unborn Child Support Act, co-sponsored by Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), would allow a mother to use the legal system and require her child's father to pay child support throughout pregnancy. This support can even be retroactive up to the month of conception. The mother can require a paternity test to be done if it does not put the child's life at risk.

This bill would both put forth a standard that life begins at conception, and protect vulnerable women from being pushed toward abortion due to financial concerns if a father is otherwise unwilling to help support his child and the mother.

“Life begins at conception. Our laws should reflect that truth, especially when it comes to helping mothers provide for the welfare of their children,” said Senator Cramer in a press release. “If we are going to be pro-life, we should be pro-all-of-life and ensure we give moms the support they need.”

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