New Oklahoma Bill Would Declare Father’s Financial Responsibility Begins at Conception

Beverly Cantrell - January 25, 2022 9:37 pm

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) — An Oklahoma lawmaker is filing a bill that would declare a biological father’s financial responsibility to his child and its mother begins at conception.

Rep. Forrest Bennet, a Democrat from Oklahoma City, announced he filed House Bill 3129 last week on Twitter in response to the push to restrict abortion rights in the state.

“This week I filed HB3129, which codifies that a father’s financial responsibility to his baby & their mom begins at conception. If Oklahoma is going to restrict a woman’s right to choose, we sure better make sure the man involved can’t just walk away from his responsibility,” Rep. Bennet’s tweet read.

Last year, Oklahoma passed five laws restricting abortions; three of those were blocked by the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

This legislative session, there will be more bills intending to restrict abortions, including one that would make abortions a felony with doctors facing imprisonment or a fine for performing them.

HB3129 will be available for consideration in the upcoming legislative session on Feb. 7.

Representative Forrest Bennett

Oklahoma Rep. Forrest Bennett. (Courtesy: okhouse.gov)

 

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