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Michigan Republicans Propose Tax Credits For Fetuses

Michigan Republicans Propose Tax Credits For Fetuses

Add Michigan Republicans to the list of “didn’t get the memo” after election night as the state takes up a bizarre and dangerous new scheme designed to curb abortion in the state.

Legislators recently considered House Bills 5684 and 5685 which would allow taxpayers to receive tax credits for any unborn fetuses past 12 weeks’ gestation. This pro-fetus tax credit comes on the heels of Republican efforts to slash state tax credits for children last year. What this means is that parents living in Michigan no longer qualify for tax credits to offset the cost of caring for their children, but the state will give them a tax credit for not aborting.

Progress Michigan came out strongly against the tax credit scheme, calling the measure is a slap in the face of the 341,000 children who currently live in high-poverty areas of the state and could benefit from some legislative relief. “Itís clear Lansing Republicans have the wrong priorities by wasting time on these extreme bills,” said Zack Pohl, Executive Director of Progress Michigan. “This is really a backdoor way of passing extreme personhood legislation, which has been rejected by voters in states across the country. Even worse, this would create a special new tax credit for unborn fetuses, after Lansing Republicans eliminated the tax credit for living, breathing children last year. Itís time for our elected leaders to get their priorities straight and start working together to create good jobs and improve education.”

Robin Marty reports the bill, if passed, would provide about $160 per family while costing the state as much as $10 million in lost revenue. And as both Marty and Pohl note, the price tag for the bill alone proves this isn’t about tax relief but is about restricting, yet again, reproductive rights. I’d tip my hat to anti-choice activists for their creativity on this one — I mean, getting personhood established via a re-definition in the tax code is quite ambitious — if it weren’t so radical and so dangerous.


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4:46PM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

Annmari L. You can add this man in wiling to teach the republicans that making a war on women, gays, and any one else that does not march to their tune. Is a bad idea.

11:02PM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

This is going to set a positive precedent for the future. It is, certainly, our first obligation to care for those already born; however, we have an underlying moral duty to all that exist,--regardless of our notions of them as human persons--which clearly includes those who exist but have not been born. The populace should be encouraged, always, to heighten their respect for every part of the world, and discouraged from unnecessarily terminating or interfering in heretofore unperturbed processes of life.
Besides, this is a step toward the middle, not more legislation aimed at punishing women or spreading doctrinal ordinance by means of coersion; why not let them have this one--at the very least in the hopes that, in caring for the unborn, they may realize the benefits and responsibility of caring for children already present in this world (and giving them tax credits).

1:05PM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

Fetuses are NOT people. They are potential people how how in the world can you get a tax credit for them? If fetuses get a tax credit then I want one for every pet I own and my child's imaginary friend. No wonder our economy is going down he toilet.


1:52AM PDT on Mar 14, 2013

Where will all this end...?

7:42PM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

Don't you get it. poor people don't consume. Therefore all they do is use resources that the wealthy need. So have babies who have to be consumed for and enslave the parents to low pay low status jobs without benefits so they will have to work till they die.

5:39PM PDT on Mar 11, 2013


10:07AM PST on Jan 24, 2013

Just wondering...

If twelve weeks is the determining status of personhood, will the anti's shut up about life beginning at conception?

The credit is unworthy of consideration but what about a full state and federal income tax deduction on returns of all women beginning at the date of conception? Make it retroactive with interest for all the women who have had children. That should help with consumer spending which would help the economy.

I see declaring the unborn prior to birth worthy of tax breaks as a litmus test for discovering how these lawmakers who champion the unborn really feel. I don't believe many of them would want to bring tax revenue losses into play. This would uncover who is pandering to the RTL lobbyists and who has a genuine belief that the unborn deserve consideration in their politics.

Perhaps if they are forced to look further down the road at what they have wrought in their divisiveness, they will cease getting involved in what is not their business.

9:44AM PST on Jan 20, 2013

Another anti-choice ploy. These parasites collect hefty salaries and pensions that the rest of us pay for - like it or not. ENOUGH !

8:22AM PST on Dec 26, 2012

1. $160 per fetus? That's not much.
2. Well, parents-to-be, be glad you get that amount. After your kid is born, no more benefits!
3. A fetus that's tax deductable. That must mean that the parents can insure, enroll in kindergarten, place on college waiting list hir/hem/she/he/it?
4. Repukes has once again stated that unborns are more worth than borned.
5. Let's once and for all educate the repukes/teabags what female wrath is and put a stop to any attempt of regulating women's sole responsibility and rights to our bodies!

2:28AM PST on Dec 4, 2012

If this goes through then they have acknowledged fetus' as people and have to consider aboration 1st degree murder! GREAT news! Thanks for posting!

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