Georgia Lawmaker Touts Tax Benefits of Anti-Abortion Bill

State Representative Terry England has introduced legislation that would further restrict a women’s access to abortion in Georgia.  The bill would not allow any abortions after 20 weeks gestation.  The provisions of the bill make no exceptions in the case of an unviable fetus.  This would mean that women would be forced to carry a fetus that is not expected to survive outside of the womb for the full length of her pregnancy. (full text HB954).  Rep. Terry was commenting on those provisions when he said during floor debate;

“Life gives us many experiences…I’ve had the experience of delivering calves, dead and alive. Delivering pigs, dead or alive. It breaks our hearts to see those animals not make it.” (Rep. Terry England, Floor Debate on HB954, March 2012)

Rep. England also expanded on the tax provisions in the bill,

 “I would also like to draw attention to the tax implications of the legislation that have been ignored by the media.  After a woman has been told that her baby has no chance of living, I can understand how she might feel angry that the state is requiring her to carry her baby for the full length of the pregnancy.  However I would like to point out to her that if her baby manages to survive, even a moment, outside of the womb that child can still be counted as a dependent on federal and state income taxes for the entire year.   This would mean that the child, no matter how long he or she lived, could be claimed as a tax deduction of $3,700.  This could result in a savings of $1000 or more in state and federal income taxes.“ (source)

After the vote in the Georgia State House Rep. England released a press statement celebrating the passage of bill;

“This bill accomplishes two things, it will lower taxes and it will also endanger the lives of women.  It is practically straight out of the Republican platform” (source)

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