Congress Members’ Bill Extends Tax Credit to Preborn

‘Expectant mothers and fathers deserve the same financial assistance and tax credit benefits…as parents blessed with children already born…’

Federal Court Blocks Ill. Law Forcing Pregnancy Centers to Refer for Abortions 1(Ana Michaels, Liberty Headlines) A bill introduced this week by members of the House and Senate would expand the Child Tax credit to families of expecting mothers.

Representatives Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Luke Messer (R-IN) teamed up with Senators Steve Daines (R-MT), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and James Lankford (R-OK) to introduced the Child Tax Credit for Pregnant Moms Act.

“It’s simple: expectant mothers and fathers deserve the same financial assistance and tax credit benefits to begin planning for a new child as parents blessed with children already born,” Rep. Meadows said in a press release.

An unborn child qualifies for the tax credit if they are born and issued a social security number before the due date for the return of tax for the year.

The bill also states that if the child misses the cut off, the parents can take double credit on the child on their following year’s taxes.

The bill’s effective date would be retroactive to December 31, 2017.

The Child Tax Credit bill piggybacks on the provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to support families and pregnant mothers with costs that come with caring for an unborn child and defraying expenses once the child is born.

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“This is about putting more money into the pockets of pregnant moms,” said Daines, who is the lead sponsor of the bill.

“Whether they are stocking up on diapers or taking time off work for their child’s prenatal care, pregnant mothers begin to provide for their child and plan for the future as soon as they hear the good news. All mothers and all children deserve the same attention under the law. My bill recognizes this and will bring fairness to pregnant mothers as they grow their families,” Daines said.

Other sponsors of the bill chimed in.

“Pregnancy is an exciting time for moms as they prepare for the arrival of their little one, but it also means new expenditures,” said Ernst. “By extending the Child Tax Credit to expecting mothers, we can help alleviate some of the financial stress so they can focus on preparing to welcome their newborn to the world.”

“Parenting costs don’t just begin after a baby is born. As anyone with children knows, expecting parents have many expenses to prepare for the arrival of their newborn,” said Lankford. “It makes sense to expand the Child Tax Credit to cover the costs of that child whether they are incurred before or after birth. I hope it is brought for a vote in Congress – it is an easy way to help families who are planning for the care of a newborn baby.”

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  • Snakeman

    No demoncrat will ever vote for this. It would mean that they acknowledge that that “thing” is a human child.

  • Jim

    Do they just sit around all day thinking of how to give away more money. There has got to be an end to the giveaway of taxpayers money. We are 20 Trillion dollars in doubt. Let find ways to get spending, not increase it.

    • Corinne Simpson

      I guess you, like the democrats, do not believe that is a “real” baby. Otherwise, you would welcome the chance to just maybe save a few thousand of these innocent babies lives by offering an enticement for the mother not to murder it.

      • Fred_K

        The prospective mother who would murder their baby in the womb is not going to be persuaded by a tax break. Most of them do not pay taxes anyway.

    • Jeremy Barnhart

      The bill would not give away money, it simply allows the people who earned the money to keep more of it. We are in debt because of transfer payments, stop those and stop the debt.

  • Brent

    Um….NO!!!

  • Julie Adams

    As much as I’m pro-life, i can’t see the need for this. When i had my children my prenatal care was covered by insurance, and most people are insured. As far as spending on baby stuff, most moms are helped by baby showers and hand-me-down stuff like cribs and newborn clothes. What ever happened to “neighbor helping neighbor?” This is not the role of the federal government!

    • The duck

      It is a beginning to recognize the unborn is a person and is also entitled to protection under our laws. Would make abortions by Planned Parenthood a crime except for extreme conditions down the road a short piece. But you do have a good point too.

  • Maxine Albritton

    I am either losing my mind or this is the craziest thing I have ever heard of. First of all what does the mother have to do to prove she is pregnant.? second what if the fetus is miscarried? what if the fetus is stillborn or does not survive. It is like counting your chickens before they hatch. I am sure it will be easy to violate or find loopholes in this plan.

  • bob laford

    Let’s hope they do pass this law and then we can stop abortion in it’s Godless tracks

  • If you can’t afford to take care of the expenses of having a baby you certainly cannot afford to care for it. The government has no business giving handouts so more people have babies they cannot afford. This is the dumbest bill ever.

  • Gary Jensen

    Bizarre1

  • Gregg Parker

    Careful there guys… in retaliation dems may start counting aborted fetuses as registered democrats and consider them as a write in vote for their candidate… and then insist on redistricting!

    • kabulgeorge

      HaHa, Dang Gregg, you have one twisted, sick mind! Wanna go grab a beer sometime? Oh wait, aren’t the Russians the ones casting votes for dead people in Chicago?

      • Gregg Parker

        Yeah some day we’ll do that beer… you ain’t seen nothing yet…The Russians though are not what you think… they are really just paid actors. It’s just a couple guys and a yack… The rest is done on the old moon landing set in CA with a few paper machete rocket trucks and a blow up doll…

  • Free Man (NOT)

    Since life begins at conception, this is only common sense.

  • kabulgeorge

    No they will love it. Get the tax credit then go to a state where they still do partial birth abortions. Pro-Choice murderers would love that! And yes Julie, I do not want “It Takes a Village’ (village full of idiots) mentality to provide a hand to expectant Moms. I threw a shower party for my coworker that first child was almost 10 because that was the right thing to do. The federal government just needs to hold the monkey’s head!

    • Gregg Parker

      sweet…