An Ohio lawmaker proposed legislation this week that would allow a woman to sue a man for getting her pregnant whether the sexual encounter was consensual or not.
Senator Tina Maharath, a Democrat, proposed the bill following the Supreme Court’s recent decision to repeal Roe v. Wade. That triggered a bill in Ohio that bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.
According to Insider, Maharath’s proposed bill says that “any person may bring a civil action against another person who either causes the person to have an unintended pregnancy regardless of the circumstances or aids or abets any other person in causing the person to have an unintended pregnancy, regardless of the circumstances.”
Insider said Maharath’s bill calls for someone who causes a pregnancy to “pay damages of not less than $5,000, as well as court costs and attorney fees.”
“The average cost of giving birth in our state is over $15,000 and can rise substantially if there are complications,” Maharath said. “Too often, this cost is solely the mother’s to bear, especially in the case of an unintended pregnancy. However, the father shares equal responsibility for the pregnancy and it is only right that he pays equally for it.”
And the bill has reportedly gained support from some conservative Christians in the state.
Insider said that the President of Ohio’s Center for Christian Virtue, Aaron Baer, said the bill will help end “hook-up culture” and will also hold “deadbeat dads” accountable.
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