Foetuses in Michigan

Those who oppose abortions are often challenged to prove they are as interested in child care after a child is born. Michigan Republicans have demonstrated that these are valid charges, and they are much more interested in supporting foetuses over children.

Last year, the state legislature and governor eliminated a child tax credit deduction which went to 2.35 million children in the state, worth $57m, according to the Michigan League for Public Policy. In addition, changes to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which dropped from 20% to 6% for families in 2011, drove 9,000 children in the state into poverty, the MLPP told the Guardian.

Last week, they proposed a tax credit for foetuses.

One of the main sponsors of the foetus tax credit bill, Jud Gilbert, a Republican representative of Algonac, said the rationale behind it was to recognise that mothers have additional bills to pay.

“You’re recognizing the fact that people have additional expenses, another person to take care of,” he told told Mlive. “Money saved there could be contributed to doctor’s bills and all kinds of things.”

Michigan is one of the states that has passed, or attempted to pass, draconian laws to restrict access to abortions. Now lawmakers have demonstrated beyond a doubt they do not care for children or their mothers. Although this week I have been very critical about the limitations of Catholic health care, the rest of the Christian right is just as bad, if not worse.

Here on PEI, we have a government, actually a succession of governments, that have refused to provide the proper financial support for women in need of abortion services. As in so many areas, the impact is primarily felt by those with low incomes, as those with enough financial resources can easily travel to neighbouring provinces.

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