Georgia law states that life begins at conception. Except in cases of rape and incest, or if the life of the mother is in danger, abortion is prohibited in the state. The Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR) stated that Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization the ordinance treats the unborn as “natural persons”.
Therefore, according to this logic, the unborn child has constitutional rights. Georgia’s tax department will now allow taxpayers to claim unborn children as dependents. “The Department recognizes any unborn child with a detectable human heartbeat … as eligible for tax exemption in the State of Georgia,” the DOR said in a statement. Tax credits can be as high as $3,000 for each unborn child. Heartbeat can be detected as early as the sixth week of pregnancy with an ultrasound.
Even some liberal voices are praising this new law as it will help low-income families who need extra money. Other states may follow suit, vehemently opposing the practice of abortion. Let’s hope the government doesn’t find a way to tax the unborn.