Michigan Republicans propose tax credit for unborn fetuses
Critics say proposal was ‘absurd’ and described it as a backdoor way of trying to pass ‘personhood’ legislation
From the lefty rag The Guardian-
One of the main sponsors of the foetus tax credit bill, Jud Gilbert, a Republican representative of Algonac, said the rationale behind it was to recognise that mothers have additional bills to pay.
“You’re recognizing the fact that people have additional expenses, another person to take care of,” he told told Mlive. “Money saved there could be contributed to doctor’s bills and all kinds of things.”
Gilbert said the move would speed up a tax exemption that parents only get when a child is born.
Progress Michigan, a progressive watchdog, said it was a “sneaky way to pass personhood legislation.”
“It’s 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.”
Meghan Groen, the director of government relations at Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, said the bill was absurd and said that it set a dangerous precedent. She said: “We don’t have child tax credit here in Michigan, that has been eliminated.”
She said of the foetal tax credit bill: “The way they have drafted it, it is not for pre-natal care, but is for the fetus. To focus on the fetus above all else is dangerous.”
Groen said that state Republicans were ignoring the message from voters on election night, when five local anti-abortion candidates were replaced by five pro-choice candidates backed by Planned Parenthood.
“After the election, there was a clear message sent saying we do not want legislators interfering in women’s health decisions” said Groen. “We are looking to solving the problems of the economy and jobs.”