Legislation to Support Expectant Mothers Introduced
Bill 293-36: Pregnancy Support Act of 2022
Muña Barnes Advocates for Expectant Mothers
Pregnancy Support Act of 2022 Introduced
April 20, 2022
Hågatña, Guam—Vice Speaker Tina Rose Muña Barnes reinforces the important role fathers play in child welfare with the introduction of Bill 293-36 (COR), also known as the Pregnancy Support Act of 2022.
The Pregnancy Support Act of 2022 would allow a court, in consultation with the mother, to award child support payments while the child is still in the womb and retroactively up to the sixth week of gestational age. The bill would further require expectant fathers to share the costs of pregnancy expenses. If paternity is disputed, child support payments and shared costs of pregnancy expenses would be paid retroactively once paternity is established.
“The health of the mother is essential to a successful pregnancy and the birth of a healthy baby. By ensuring fathers take responsibility for the life they helped create, the Pregnancy Support Act of 2022 helps expectant mothers throughout pregnancy,” said Vice Speaker Muña Barnes. “If we as a community decide that a woman must carry a baby to term, we need to have their back. That means ensuring that men step up and pay their fair share.”
Cosponsored by Senators Frank F. Blas Jr., Mary Camacho Torres, Jose “Pedo” Terlaje, Telena Nelson, Amanda L. Shelton, V. Anthony Ada, and Joe S. San Agustin, the Pregnancy Support Act of 2022 is a bipartisan effort to promote healthy pregnancies and childbirth.