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.