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Legislation would give pregnancy tax break

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:50 AM

The legislation would treat a fetus the same as a child for purposes of a tax deduction. The bills were the subject of a hearing Tuesday before a House committee and could come up for votes before lawmakers close their session in December.

Republican Rep. Jud Gilbert of Algonac said it's an attempt to recognize that a pregnancy brings expenses. The tax break could cost the state $5 million to $10 million a year in revenue.

The Michigan branch of the National Organization for Women is criticizing the legislation, saying it's an attempt to extend legal rights to the unborn.

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