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Georgia announces tax exemption for unborn babies

Taxpayers in the state of Georgia will be able to claim a tax exemption of up to $3,000 for any unborn child with a detectable heartbeat.

The revenue department in the state of Georgia announced the decision on Monday saying it would “recognize any unborn child with a detectable human heartbeat … as eligible for [an] individual income tax dependent exemption”.

Taxpayers filing returns from 20 July are able to claim up to $3,000 for any unborn baby with a detectable heartbeat, which occurs at around six weeks gestation if not before.

Taxpayers must be ready to provide “relevant medical records or other supporting documentation … if requested by the [revenue] department”.

In Georgia, it is possible to claim a tax exemption of $3,000 for any dependent, which usually means children. Georgia has recognised the right to life of the unborn child and treats them as a dependent in the same way as any other child.

Roe v Wade overturned

In June, the US Supreme Court struck down the Roe v Wade decision that previously legalised abortion across the United States in 1973.

The 6-3 decision in Dobbs v.s. Jackson Women’s Health Organization followed the early May leak of a draft opinion indicating that the Justices would overturn Roe v Wade.

Abortion law in the US was principally governed by both the 1973 Roe v Wade decision and the 1992 Planned Parenthood vs Casey decision, which created a right to abortion out of the right to privacy. Both have been overturned by the decision in June.

According to the New York Times, the right to life of unborn children is now recognised in at least ten states and another four have recognised that right after 6 weeks gestation. About half of all the states are expected to introduce abortion bans of one kind or another.

Right To Life UK spokesperson, Catherine Robinson, said: “This is a wonderful initiative that shows that lawmakers in Georgia are trying to take the right to life of unborn children seriously. Since children outside the womb qualify as dependent for a tax exemption, so should children inside the womb”.

Dear reader,

You may be surprised to learn that our 24-week abortion time limit is out of line with the majority of European Union countries, where the most common time limit for abortion on demand or on broad social grounds is 12 weeks gestation.

The latest guidance from the British Association of Perinatal Medicine enables doctors to intervene to save premature babies from 22 weeks. The latest research indicates that a significant number of babies born at 22 weeks gestation can survive outside the womb, and this number increases with proactive perinatal care.

This leaves a real contradiction in British law. In one room of a hospital, doctors could be working to save a baby born alive at 23 weeks whilst, in another room of that same hospital, a doctor could perform an abortion that would end the life of a baby at the same age.

The majority of the British population support reducing the time limit. Polling has shown that 70% of British women favour a reduction in the time limit from 24 weeks to 20 weeks or below.

Please click the button below to sign the petition to the Prime Minister, asking him to do everything in his power to reduce the abortion time limit.