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.
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?