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Parents of Unborn Babies with "Detectable Human Heartbeat" Can Apply for Tax Break in GA

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The Georgia Department of Revenue issued a guidance on Monday, August 1st, that will allow parents in Georgia to apply for an income tax credit for “any unborn child with a detectable human heartbeat.”

The guidance is a result of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson, which overturned Roe v Wade on June 24th, 2022, allowing abortion rights to be turned back over to the states.

The guidance proclaims that mothers are eligible for a $3,000 tax credit if there is a detectable heartbeat. The guidance backs the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Sistersong v. Kemp from July 20th, which put a ban on abortions after six weeks, when a heartbeat is usually detected.

In 2019, Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed The Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act into law, proclaiming that all unborn children are to be recognized as people.

“Georgia is a state that values life,” Kemp said when he signed the legislation. “We protect the innocent. We champion the vulnerable, we stand up and speak for those that are unable to speak for themselves.”

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There were mixed reviews about the guidance.

Georgia Right to Life issued a statement on their Facebook page regarding the decision. “We can safely say that our offices are rejoicing over all the lives that are being saved, even today! Yesterday, children in the womb were in grave danger — today, children in the womb are in significantly less danger! This is to be celebrated!”

The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood also released a joint statement pertaining to the 11th Circuit’s ruling. “This is horrific. We’ll continue doing everything in our power to fight for abortion access in Georgia in the face of these harmful attacks on people’s ability to control if and when to have a child.”

To be eligible, the tax credit is effective between July 20, 2022, when the law took effect, through December 31, 2022.

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Gloriel Howard is a dedicated wife, mother, and follower of the Lord. She enjoys traveling with her family, rescuing animals, helping others, and using her God-given talents to spread the Word to whoever she can.
Gloriel Howard is a dedicated wife, mother, and follower of the Lord. She enjoys traveling with her family, rescuing animals, helping others, and using her God-given talents to spread the Word to whoever she can.




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