Salt Lake City – A biological father in Utah will be legally required to pay half of the cost of a woman’s out-of-pocket pregnancy under a new state-specific law that critics say is not enough to meet. Adequate maternal health care needs
Advocates of the bill have proposed this measure to reduce the burden of pregnant women and increase the responsibility for men with children. But some critics argue that the new law does not help the most vulnerable women and could make the improper situation dangerous for pregnant women.
Utah appears to be the first state to offer support for prenatal parenting, according to the state Planned Parent Association and bill advocates. But some states, including Wisconsin and New York, have provisions that could result in fathers being financially liable for pre-birth expenses.
Republican Gov. Spencer Cox recently signed the proposal, which was widely supported in the GOP-controlled legislature.
Republican Representative Brady Brammer said he decided to support the measure because he was frustrated by the number of anti-abortion measures passed by the legislature and wanted to take legal action that would make life in. To the world more easily
“We want to help people and be professional in their lifestyles, unlike anti-abortion,” Brammer said. “One way to help is to reduce the burden of pregnancy.”
The bill will apply to a pregnant woman’s health insurance premium and pregnancy-related medical expenses, Brammer said.
If paternity of a child is contested, the father is not required to pay until paternity is established. The father is not financially responsible for the costs of the abortion received without his consent unless it is necessary to prevent the death of the mother or if the pregnancy is the result of rape.
In Utah, mothers have the option to seek help with the cost of their maternity through court. But few do, says Liesa Stockdale, director of the state’s Office of Recovery Services, which basically collects child support. She said mothers now have options for getting pregnancy-related money through the legal system. But it’s not clear how often they will take action.
“I don’t know how often to use it,” Stockdale said. “Still, I don’t have to look at how often my parents choose to pay these expenses. But if so, we’re here to gather. “
The bill is not intended to reduce the frequency of abortions, but Brammer said that could be a possible outcome.
However, anti-abortion activists praised the bill, saying it would protect the lives of the unborn child by supporting women through pregnancy.Merrilee Boyack, president of the Abortion-Free Utah Coalition, said she hoped the bill would. Reducing abortion in the state by easing the economic pressures on new mothers.
“Everything we can do to support women in these situations will enable them to give birth to babies, feel good about that choice, and feel supported along the way,” Boyack said.
The new law contains many restrictions Utah has placed on abortion. Last year, the state approved a measure that would make abortion illegal if the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a decades-old ruling that made it legal across the country. Utah’s measures would turn the procedure into a felony except in cases involving rape, incest and serious threats to the life of the mother.
Other Republican-dominated states are considering tougher anti-abortion restrictions this year. Ban on clearance abortion has already been signed into law in South Carolina and Arkansas.
Democratic lawmakers and women’s rights activists have questioned whether the new paternity law that covers pay will meet the needs of women.
Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Katrina Barker said she was more supportive of providing women with financial support. But it said there are better ways to help women, such as expanding Medicaid, access to contraception and parental leave.
Barker also said she did not believe the law would make women less abortions because the costs of the pregnancy are often lower compared to the cost of raising children.
“In the grand scheme of things, having kids and raising them to adulthood will cost a lot more,” Barker said.
The average cost of parenting is $ 233,610, not including college tuition fees for middle-income families, according to a 2015 U.S. Department of Agriculture report, abortion costs range from free to $ 1,000 up. Live with the location and whether the mother has health insurance or not as planned.
Gabriella Archuleta, a public policy analyst at YWCA Utah, said family violations are likely to escalate during pregnancy, and seeking these costs could add to the stress of raising babies, said Gabriella Archuleta, an analyst. Said the YWCA Utah Public Policy, which serves domestic violence survivors. About 324,000 pregnant women are abused each year in the United States, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Archuleta also noted that the measure does not address the equally high costs of bringing in the legal system and is likely to serve only wealthier women or have wealthy partners.
“On the surface it sounds like a good idea,” Archuleta said, “but what we’re going to do is look at some of the differences and how they affect women, and I don’t think those differences are explored on a scale. That should really be “