Make men support their pregnant lovers before birth? A poll.

Both partners had a role in conception; it’s only fair that they should both take responsibility for its economic consequences.

This op-ed in the New York Times by Shari Motro, a law professor at the University of Richmond, proposes that men should pay for any babies they conceive with a single woman. At first blush, it sounds like a great idea, although I'm not sure how it would be effectively and efficiently enforced.

She asks:

Former spouses are often required to pay alimony; former cohabiting partners may have to pay palimony; why not ask men who conceive with a woman to whom they are not married to pay “preglimony”?

In support of the idea, she argues:

Some version of this obligation already exists. The problem is that under current law, most states frame men’s pregnancy-related obligations as an element of child support or as part of a parentage order, which generally kicks in only after the birth of a child and is limited to medical expenses. Until and unless the pregnancy produces a child, any costs associated with it are regarded as the woman’s responsibility.

What do you think?


poll by twiigs.com

Filed under: family, Sex

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