Even after the US Supreme Court declared that abortion is not a woman’s constitutional right when it repealed Roe v. Wade, the battle to end the life of a living fetus in the womb continues, leaving the most radical members of the left utterly distraught. For many on the Marxist left, killing unborn children is akin to a passive right. One activist judge is using the matter for political gain.
Just days after the most recent election, a court in Georgia determined that prohibiting the killing of children was illegal. This occurs in the same state where the Georgia Department of Revenue recently issued instructions declaring that beginning of July 20, 2022, a fetus will qualify as a tax dependant for Georgia residents. There is now a disagreement.
NPR reported in August:
“Pregnant Georgians can now list their fetus as a dependent on their tax returns. The Georgia Department of Revenue released new guidance this week establishing that the agency “will recognize any unborn child with a detectable human heartbeat … as eligible for the Georgia individual income tax dependent exemption.”
“An individual at least six weeks pregnant on or after July 20 through Dec. 31, 2022, can list the fetus as a dependent on their tax returns starting next year, the agency said. Georgian taxpayers can claim an exemption in the amount of $3,000 for each dependent,” NPR reported, adding:
This policy change follows the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in June that overturned Roe v. Wade and ended the constitutional right to an abortion. Following that, an appeals court ruled on July 20 that Georgia’s ban on abortion after six weeks of pregnancy could become law.
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Taxpayers will have to submit relevant medical records or other supporting documentation to the department in order to prove their filing.”
The “fetal personhood law” is the notion that a fetus is a fully constitutionally protected person from the time of conception. This was created in the abortion legislation of both Georgia and Arizona, however the Arizona regulation has been challenged in court.
According to Elizabeth Nash, the Guttmacher Institute’s chief policy associate for state problems, this tax policy shift has far-reaching ramifications “from taxes and inheritance rights to education to population counts.”
And then a judge came along and acted like an activist:
“Georgia’s six-week abortion ban overturned as unconstitutional. Judge rules state’s ban on terminations once ‘detectable human heartbeat’ present violated US constitution at the time it was enacted,” the Guardian reported, adding:
“A judge overturned Georgia’s ban on abortion starting around six weeks into a pregnancy, ruling on Tuesday that it violated the US constitution and US supreme court precedent when it was enacted.”
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
The ruling by Judge Robert McBurney of Fulton county superior court applies statewide. The ban had been in effect since July.
It prohibited most abortions once a “detectable human heartbeat” is present. Cardiac activity can be detected by ultrasound in cells within an embryo that will eventually become the heart as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. That means most abortions in Georgia were, in effect, banned at a point before many women knew they were pregnant. CONTINUE READING…