Utah requires fathers to pay half of pregnancy costs

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In the American state of Utah, biological fathers, according to the law passed by the local legislature and signed by Governor Spencer Cox, will be required to compensate their mothers for half of the cost of pregnancy, childbirth and health insurance during pregnancy. This was reported by the local Salt Lake Tribune.

The law is designed to make men more responsible and, through financial support, deter mothers from terminating pregnancies. Biological fathers will pay for abortions only in cases of rape or situations where the pregnancy puts the woman’s life at risk. If paternity is in doubt, payments are withheld until proof of parentage is obtained.

FAIR Health, a nongovernmental organization, estimates that the average cost of pregnancy and childbirth care in the United States ranges from $5,000 to $11,000 for a natural delivery and from $7,500 to $14,500 for a cesarean section.