Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio and North Dakota Senator Kevin Cramer (R) introduced legislation this week that would allow pregnant individuals to request child support beginning from the month of conception.
The bill, titled the Unborn Child Support Act, would allow but not require those who are pregnant or have given birth to request child support from the father of the child beginning the month the child was conceived. Child support may also be requested retroactively under the bill, if the mother received confirmation of paternity after birth.
“Caring for the well-being of our children begins long before a baby is born. It begins at the first moment of life — conception — and fathers have obligations, financial and otherwise, during pregnancy,” said Senator Cramer in a statement. “Mothers should be able to access child support payments as soon as she is supporting a child. Our bill makes this possible.”
Rubio, along with other Republicans, also introduced another bill this week, the Standing With Moms Act, a part of his new “Providing for Life” framework which he touts as a “pro-family plan for a post-Roe America.” The Standing With Moms Act would create a government-run website called life.gov that would provide pro-life resources and information for expectant mothers.
“For years, I have emphasized that Congress can and must do more for unborn children and their mothers,” Rubio said in a statement. “We need to adopt pro-life policies that support families, rather than destroy them. This comprehensive legislation would make a real difference to American parents and children in need.”
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