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Michigan Republicans consider tax breaks for fetuses

• Stephen C. Webster via

Michigan Republicans held a hearing Tuesday to consider two bills that would offer tax breaks to any woman carrying a fetus that’s more than 12 weeks old.

Proposed by State Rep. Lisa Posthumous Lyons (R), House Bills 5684 and 5685 aim to allow women to claim their gestating fetus as a dependent on their taxes.

Qualified taxpayers would be able to claim that about $4,000 of their income is tax exempt. A report (PDF) by Michigan’s nonpartisan House Fiscal Agency estimated that the exemption would cost between $5 million to $10 million per year.

Despite Democratic gains across the country on Election Day, Michigan remains in Republican control, meaning it’s possible that these bills could pass. The American Civil Liberties Union cited Michigan last year as one of the leading states for Republicans seeking to curb reproductive rights.


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