Michigan lawmakers have decided to show that they value a fetus more than they do a child, and do not care if the child starves to death so long as the fetus is sacred. They are considering House Bills 5684 and 5685 which would make a fetus of at least twelve weeks of age a dependent for the purposes of state income taxes and qualify the fetus for tax credits.
Critics are calling it a back door attempt to crack down on abortions by giving fetuses the same rights as human beings. In this case, however, they would be given special rights over human beings since the state legislature killed the tax credits for children above the age of birth.
Republican Representative Jude Gilbert stated that “You’re recognizing the fact that people have additional expenses, another person to take care of. Money saved there could be contributed to doctor’s bills and all kinds of things.” Gilbert claims that it is just part of an existing exemption, one which Democrats were quick to point out had already been eliminated.
A representative for the Michigan Family Forum claims the savings from the bill would be about $160. It should be noted that a tax credit basically lowers the threshold for taxable income and makes it so that a person gets more back from the government. A tax credit would do little to actually pay for anything like prenatal care or other activities, many of which are covered by health insurance. Additionally, even if the savings were immediate, $160 would barely cover a fraction of the costs associated with prenatal care.
NOW-MI’s Mary Pollock stated “In our view these bills are an attempt to give some legal recognition to the unborn in tax law, which would then be used as a reason to give legal recognition to the unborn in other contexts such as in criminal law or in health law, and so they are a not so subtle reason to establish personhood for a fetus at 12 weeks gestation so that abortion could be banned or punished thereafter.”
The state of Michigan would loose about $5million to $10million a year in tax revenue by going forward with this plan.