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Pregnant woman Utah appears to be the first state to mandate prenatal child support, though a few states have provisions that can result in fathers being financially responsible for pre-birth expenses. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Biological fathers in Utah must pay half of a woman’s out-of-pocket pregnancy expenses under a new law. Gov. Spencer Cox, a Republican, recently signed the legislation.

The bill’s sponsor presented the measure as an effort to decrease the burden of pregnancy on women and increase responsibility for men who have children. However, some critics argue the new legislation won’t help women who are most vulnerable and could make abusive situations even more dangerous for pregnant women.

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