‘All life is precious, and our laws must reflect this…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) A Republican lawmaker introduced a bill on Wednesday that would ensure abortion is not listed as a tax-deductible medical service by the Internal Revenue Service.
The “Abortion is Not Health Care Act,” introduced by Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., would guarantee that “under no circumstances should healthcare include the intentional taking of a life.”
“For years, the pro-abortion movement has marketed abortion as a form of reproductive health care. It’s time for us to be honest with ourselves — health care is primarily a restorative function, one that helps our bodies heal from a disease or ailment,” he said in a statement, arguing the proposal is “a small step towards ending the federal government’s treatment of abortion as a ‘healing medical practice.’”
According to the IRS, taxpayers can deduct medical expenses from their taxes if the cost exceeds 7.5 percent of their adjusted gross income.
Biggs’s law would eliminate abortion from tax-deductible services.
Biggs said the government should not sponsor or reward the act of abortion, even through tax breaks.
“Despite our concerted efforts, federal funding for abortion continues to be available through various funding streams, including the federal tax code,” Biggs wrote to his Republican colleagues in Congress. “[One of the] fundamental duties of the federal government is to protect the life of all citizens, beginning at conception.”
The legislation is co-sponsored by Reps. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., Ted Budd, R-N.C., Randy Weber, R-Texas, Ken Buck, R-Colo., Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., and several other House Republicans.
“The government should not be in the business of incentivizing abortion by treating it as a medical expense. All life is precious, and our laws must reflect this by fully supporting the sanctity of life and ending government involvement in abortion,” Duncan said in a statement.