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House Republicans in Washington, DC are busy finalizing a tax reform bill, and the outcome is important to America’s unborn children.
Pro-lifers have plenty to be excited about regarding this tax bill. And we have good reason to be involved in the process.
It affords us a new and unique way to advance the pro-life mission.
Within the House’s tax revision bill is a proposal to expand economic opportunity for families by giving them the option to open what is called a 529 Educational Savings Account for children still in the womb. Which means parents can get a head start on saving for their children’s future education.
The family is the very foundation of our nation. Without it, the fabric of society would unravel and deteriorate socially, economically and ethically.
Congress understood the importance of families to America in 1990 when they first passed the Young Child Tax Credit. Currently, the child tax credit is $1,000 per child, but the House has proposed an increase to $1,600. Some Senate proposals would up it even further to $2,000.
This is great news. It means families will get a larger tax break when they need the resources most as they raise their children.
These are certainly steps in the right direction, but we want Congress to go even further.
You and I both know that parenthood begins the day our children were conceived. By the time the baby is born, the average mom and dad have been parents for nine months.
This often-overlooked reality needs to be noticeably emphasized.
That’s why we’re asking Congress to extend the child tax credit to include unborn babies!
We believe unborn children deserve to receive the same benefit their brothers and sisters enjoy outside the womb. It also sends the clear, unmistakable message that the unborn are valued and cherished members of the family from the moment of fertilization.
The definition of unborn child in the House tax reform bill is identical to the definition used in the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, passed by a bipartisan majority in the House and Senate in 2004.
As a result of that law, unborn children are recognized as victims when they are injured or killed during the act of a federal crime. Expanding the child tax credit to include unborn babies is a natural and logical progression of this law.
Will the abortion industry and pro-abortion activists oppose the move?
If they do, picture this.
Imagine one of many young urban couples who voted for Hillary Clinton—euphoric about expecting their first child. They’ve decorated the nursery, selected the baby’s name and have proudly posted his or her ultrasound images on social media.
They’re eagerly anticipating that their child will be acknowledged in the form of a much-needed tax credit. It’s like an affirmation from society that we anticipate and welcome their little one into our midst.
Also picture what could happen if Planned Parenthood and their fellow abortion advocates oppose the expansion of this tax credit. In the process, they’ll be callously saying to a notable number of their supporters that the child in the womb, cherished by these young parents, is not really human life. Further, this tiny boy or girl isn’t worthy of acknowledgement, not even with this most basic of government benefits.
In order for this scenario to play out, we need to convince the House and Senate that the inclusion of unborn babies in the child tax credit is good for America.
If we are ultimately successful, society will have taken another small step toward seeing the unborn as part of the human family. It’s a baby step, but an important one nonetheless.
We need you to contact your senators and here’s an easy way to do that. Let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work!
Click here to contact your senators now: http://www.lifeissues.org/tell-legislators-support-unborn-child-tax-credit/
Working to protect the babies,
President, Life Issues Institute
Life Issues Institute is dedicated to changing hearts and minds of millions of people through education. For 25 years, organizations and individuals around the world have depended upon Life Issues Institute to provide the latest information and effective tools to protect innocent human life from womb to tomb.