Tuesday 2 August 2022 05:18 PM Georgia will allow people to claim tax credits of $3,000 for each frozen embryo ... trends now

Tuesday 2 August 2022 05:18 PM Georgia will allow people to claim tax credits of $3,000 for each frozen embryo ... trends now
Tuesday 2 August 2022 05:18 PM Georgia will allow people to claim tax credits of $3,000 for each frozen embryo ... trends now

Tuesday 2 August 2022 05:18 PM Georgia will allow people to claim tax credits of $3,000 for each frozen embryo ... trends now

Georgia is bolstering its abortion ban with legislation intended to support its definition that life begins in the early stages of development in the womb.

A provision in the state's restrictive abortion law - which bans abortions after six weeks - allows people to claim embryos and fetuses as dependents worth $3,000 in tax credits.

The state will also consider those embryos and fetuses legal residents and count them in its census surveys as part of the population.

Mothers will also be allowed to file for child support once a fetal heartbeat is detected - typically around six weeks - and fathers will be required to pay child support. 

These 'personhood provisions' come after an injunction of Georgia's abortion ban was overruled in federal appeals court on July 20, allowing the law, which was first first introduced in 2019, to come into effect less than a month after Roe v Wade was overturned.

A Georgia woman demonstrating in favor of abortions in Georgia on July 23, 2022

A Georgia woman demonstrating in favor of abortions in Georgia on July 23, 2022 

Critics of the law have said its personhood provisions will have messy and complicated implications in the state, arguing it has untold variables that will be difficult to keep in order.

'What happens if a person claims an unborn child on their taxes and then has a miscarriage? What happens if they claim the unborn child and then travel out of state for an abortion?' wrote Vanity Fair political columnist Bess Levin, 'These are obviously just two of about a million questions the new law raises.'

Other critics voiced fears the personhood provisions would be a powerful tool for prioritizing the lives of embryos and fetuses over the lives of mothers.

An attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union Reproductive Freedom Project, Julia Kaye, said the provisions would enable 'Gov. Kemp and his radical political allies… to force Georgians to carry pregnancies and give birth against their will, with profound medical risk and life-altering consequences.'

Georgia governor Brian Kemp said he was 'overjoyed' by the decision, saying health care providers were prepared to bring mothers 'the resources they need to be safe, healthy and informed'

Georgia governor Brian Kemp said he was 'overjoyed' by the decision, saying health care providers were prepared to bring mothers 'the resources they need to be safe, healthy and informed'

Georgia governor Brian Kemp said he was 'overjoyed' by the decision,

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