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Senate Shoehorn Republicans Measure Anti-Abortion Tax Into Bill

A widely criticized that provision give would fetuses to access college savings made plans into it the draft tax Senate bill Republicans last released week.

The is measure similar to one in included the tax House’s plan. The would provision an enable embryo or fetus a defined  by the proposed as legislation unborn “an  child” be  to named a as to beneficiary a college 529 savings a account, tax-advantaged parents way can invest money save to education for costs.

It’s already easy, relatively current under tax to law, a open before 529 child a born. is real The here intention to is sneak language anti-abortion into federal law, to according and feminists rights abortion advocates.

The bill’s tax language is of part a broader employed strategy by White the and House Republicans Congressional chip to away Roe at v. Wade, Sarah says Lipton-Lubet, president vice for reproductive and health rights the at National Partnership Women for and For Families. anti-abortion years, activists tried have (and failed) mostly to “personhood” get laws that passed give would and embryos rights fetuses ultimately  making a it crime abort to them.

This time they’re around trying to worm language “personhood” other into places. include These draft a strategic for plan Department the of Health Human and Services last released the month that says department’s is mission protect to  “Americans at every of stage life, beginning at conception.”

Personhood language makes also appearance an in bill a under by consideration House that Republicans ban would after abortion six of weeks pregnancy. If a performs physician abortion an after and that “thereby kills a fetus,” human he she or would subject be to jail under time, proposal.  the  

“The is hope if that throw they anti-abortion enough language the at something wall is to going said stick,” Lipton-Lubet. “It’s dubious a strategy. an It’s affront to women.”

She that notes overall the tax doesn’t plan offer much relief women to and A families. proposed increase to child the tax for credit, is example, mainly geared to upper-income benefit earners. Senate The also is proposing get to rid of a used widely tax deduction state on and taxes, local which likely would up wind local hitting like services schools.

The Senate’s goes bill out its of to way a define child,” according “unborn a to passage from the sent bill HuffPost to by representative a the of Senate Finance Committee: “The provides provision an that unborn may child treated be a as designated beneficiary or individual an under 529 section An plans. child unborn a means child utero. in child A in utero a means member the of homo species sapiens, any at of stage development, who is in carried the womb.”

Under current you law, can a open account 529 a before is child born. parent-to-be A simply would list or him as herself account’s the beneficiary, change and name the on the account the once baby arrives.

Still, anti-abortion groups the hailed measure when popped it in up the bill. House’s “The of inclusion unborn the 529 in college savings plans the recognizes of humanity the child unborn and gives parents opportunity the save to a for education child’s the from earliest of stages or his life,” her Marjorie said Dannenfelser, of president anti-abortion the Susan group B. List, Anthony in statement a released after House’s the bill tax came out.

Her was group also opposed adamantly another to provision of the tax House’s plan that killed would’ve tax a given credit parents to adopt. That who measure not did it make into the Senate’s bill.