(Reuters) - Pregnant women in the U.S. state of Georgia will be able to deduct their fetuses as dependents on their taxes under a 2019 anti-abortion law that a judge allowed to take effect last week.
The state Internal Revenue Service said Monday that any woman whose fetus had a detectable heartbeat on July 20,...
... the day of the court ruling, can claim a personal tax exemption of $3,000 for each fetus if she has more than one fetus.
The Georgia Department of Revenue does not provide details, such as what happens if a pregnancy ends in a miscarriage during the tax year.
The agency said it will issue further guidance later in 2022.
The law allowing the reduction is part of the so-called Fetal Heartbeat Act passed in Georgia three years ago,...
... which aims to ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, usually around the sixth week of pregnancy.
The law, which also allows women to collect child support, is one of a series of abortion bans and..
...restrictions that have been barred from taking effect for years — as long as the U.S. Constitution was interpreted to protect abortion rights.
After a new conservative super-majority on the United States Supreme Court ended these protections by overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide, the Georgia law could go into effect.
Allowing pregnant women to claim their fetuses as dependents is an idea that some in the anti-abortion movement have supported for years.
Legislation to allow this has been introduced at the federal level at least twice.