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By Doug Mainwaring, LifeSiteNews, November 30, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 30, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Groundbreaking legislation on behalf of the unborn has just been introduced in the U.S. Senate.
Montana Senator Steve Daines has just offered an amendment to the Senate’s tax reform bill which would make the Child Tax Credit (CTC) applicable to unborn children from the time of their conception.
“Moms and dads start planning and preparing for their baby’s birth as soon as they learn about their pregnancy,” Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, wrote in an email to supporters. He urged them to call their senators and ask them to expand the Child Tax Credit to children in utero.
“Parents take off time for doctor’s appointments, stock up on diapers, formula, clothes and swaddles,” Perkins explained. “And, they plan financially to take time from work to care for and bond with their baby.”
Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser reacted to the news in a statement, “By including unborn children to qualify for the child tax credit Congress would achieve a significant pro-life win for families preparing for their baby’s birth.”
“We often hear from pro-abortion advocates that many women choose abortion because they don’t have the resources to care for a newborn,” noted Dannenfelser. “By expanding the Child Tax Credit to cover unborn children, families will receive a double credit in their first year after the baby is born — giving them greater ability to pay for costly hospital bills, diapers, clothes, formula, and lost wages due to time off after delivery.”
Perkins said allowing parents to receive a Child Tax Credit for their unborn babies would be “a huge pro-life and pro-family win” and predicted it would “help individual families and the economy by helping parents better handle the new costs of raising their children.”
This landmark legislation, if passed by the Senate and signed into law by President Trump, might serve to help women and families chose life instead of abortion.
The Senate is expected to vote on this either later tonight or tomorrow morning.
Last month, Senator Daines helped introduce Pain the Capable Unborn Child Protection Act that would protect unborn children from the pain of late-term abortions.
“The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is an important measure to do exactly that: protect unborn children who can feel pain,” Daines about the legislation at that time. “Only seven countries in the world allow babies 20 weeks or older to be aborted and the United States is one of them, along with North Korea and China. We must continue to be a voice for those who don’t have a voice.”
LifeSiteNews will continue to update as details become available.