Legislation would give pregnancy tax break

Michigan lawmakers are considering bills that would grant a tax break to parents who can show that a fetus is at least 12 weeks old at the end of a year.
AP Wire
Nov 22, 2012


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.



This is so wrong. Just a Republican way to move a fetus to a real person's status. Until that fetus is breathing air on it's own, it should not be a tax deduction, it is not a 'person', period. What a load of horse manure.


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