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Fetal Craziness

Posted on Nov 28, 2012

The recent craziness in Michigan illustrates all that is wrong with tax policy in America. A group of Republican lawmakers have proposed (HB 5684 and HB 5685) a tax credit for unborn fetuses of 12 weeks gestation. What is wrong with such a measure? Everything. First, Adam Smith, who I doubt was pro choice, said that the tax laws should be used to raise revenue. They should not be used to make political statements. Why do we know this is political statement? Because only a nincompoop would think the tax laws could be administered in such a manner. You can have a debate about abortion; just don’t bring the tax laws into it.

This nonsense also illustrates how tone deaf many Republicans remain. Last year, Republicans in Michigan managed to cut the earned income tax credit. That was a tax credit for live, out of the womb, people. The liberals are having a field day with this juxtaposition. They will be highlighting the following for a long time: GOP wants tax credits for unborn, throws live kids under the bus.

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David HonigNov 29, 2012

Actually, abortion was both legal (until "quickening," approximately the 4th
month) and common in Colonial America. The euphemism was "taking the trade" and
it was done with combinations of herbal and other poisons. The first laws,
around 1830, were poison control laws and only stated what could not be
administered. They did nothing to outlaw abortion. Abortion was ultimately
outlawed, after it became a surgical procedure, when physicians opposed it due
to pre-antibiotic infection rates.

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