Bill Enforces Paternal Child Support at Conception

The Unborn Child Support Act “[calls] men to greater responsibility in helping moms choose life for their children.”

QUICK FACTS:
  • The “Unborn Child Support Act,” introduced by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA), permits states to require the biological father to pay child support beginning at conception if the woman so desires.
  • The bill is set to amend the Social Security Act in order to enable mothers to receive child support payments during their pregnancy.
  • The bill also accommodates women who choose not to receive child support if she does not want paternal involvement.
  • “We should do everything we can to support American mothers and their children,” Rubio stated. “This bill would allow expecting mothers to prepare and support their babies before they are born.”
  • Senator Cramer said care for the unborn “begins at the first moment of life – conception – and fathers have obligations, financial and otherwise” throughout the pregnancy.
SUPPORT FOR UNBORN CHILD SUPPORT ACT:
  • Several well-known pro-life organizations supporting the bill include the Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, March for Life, Concerned Women for America, and Family Research Council.
  • Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America’s vice president of government affairs Marilyn Musgrave said, “In the new Dobbs era, our policies should reflect the science that life begins at conception and the reality that women and families start making plans well before the birth of a child.”
  • Musgrave expressed her gratitude to the pro-life legislators, believing the bill “[calls] men to greater responsibility in helping moms choose life for their children.”
  • Senators in support of the bill include Steve Daines (R-MT), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MA), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Rick Scott (R-FL), Roger Marshall (R-KS), James Lankford (R-OK), and Roger Wicker (R-MS).
BACKGROUND:
  • Since the Dobbs v. Jackson decision giving access to abortion to state legislatures, 12 states have passed abortion bans.
  • Senator Rubio introduced the Providing for Life Act on June 24th, allowing for paid parental leave, expanding Child Tax Credits (CTC), establishing easier access to faith-based social service programs, supporting pro-life centers, and more.