GOP Lawmakers Call for Extending Child Tax Credit to Unborn Babies

Republicans in Congress are introducing legislation aimed at recognizing the humanity of an unborn child by allowing pregnant mothers to claim tax credits on their unborn babies, The Daily Signal has learned. 

Friday’s introduction was made by Senator Steve Daines of Montana, Rep. Jason Smith from Montana, and Rep. Doug Lamborn from Colorado. Child Tax Credit for Pregnant Moms Act of 2022Expectant mothers would be able to save $2,000 on taxes by claiming the child credit for their unborn children. 

“From the moment a baby is conceived, a family’s priorities begin adjusting to prepare for their arrival,” Smith told The Daily Signal in a statement. “It’s time for our tax code to help babies who are still in the womb by making sure their parents have the resources necessary for their arrival.”

The proposed legislation allows retroactive claim for babies born between January and April to the previous year. Other newborn children would be entitled to a double credit in the year of their birth. Also, unborn babies who have been miscarried or born stillborn will be eligible for the tax credit. 

“Expecting parents begin providing and preparing for their child the minute they learn they’re having a baby. The child tax credit should reflect the fact that unborn children are children, too,” Daines told The Daily Signal. “From prenatal care to stocking up on baby supplies, this tax relief will help parents prepare for the arrival of their baby.”

Lamborn noted that the legislation would encourage motherhood by allowing pregnant women to receive the child tax credit as well as the resources necessary for their babies. 

“Despite attempts by the left to dehumanize the unborn, we must continue working to recognize the inherent value and dignity of our unborn babies,” the Colorado lawmaker said. 

The pro-life legislation comes a week after the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 abortion decision legalizing abortion across the nation, and the 49th annual March for Life, which took place Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C. 

The Supreme Court heard arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization in December, a case involving a 2018 Mississippi law that bannedAbortion after 15 Weeks 

The Gestational Age Act is the name of the law. blockedAfter abortion proponents, by a federal appellate judge challenged it on behalf of Mississippi’s last remaining abortion clinic, Jackson Women’s Health Organization. 

After the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck downThe law was adopted by the Mississippi State Legislature in December 2019. In response, the Supreme Court was asked to hear the case. 

Dobbs is a pivotal case in abortion history because it directly challenges Roev. Wade. This case focuses on whether abortion bans prior to fetal viability should be constitutional.

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