Oklahoma senator backs bill to give child support to expectant mothers while pregnant
Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe has joined lawmakers in introducing a bill that would give mothers the ability to receive child support payments while pregnant.
The 'Unborn Child Support Act' would allow a court to give child support payments before the child is born.
The legislation states that the state would establish and enforce child support obligations from the biological father during pregnancy if the mother has requested child support.
It states that the payments can begin in the first month after conception, or retroactively after birth.
The legislation would not require any measure to establish paternity if the test would put the child at risk.
“Life begins at conception, period,” said Senator Inhofe. “When you realize this, it is easy to support legislation that recognizes the unborn for what they are: living human beings with inherent worth. I am proud to join Senator Cramer in introducing the Unborn Child Support Act, straightforward legislation that provides mothers with the option to receive child support payments while their child is in the womb. We must keep fighting to protect the dignity of every human being and ensure that we support mothers in the process.”
The next step for the bill is to go up for a vote in the U.S. Senate.