Pro-abortion groups panic over GOP tax bill

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

pregnancy ultrasoundPro-life groups are pleased with a provision in tax reform legislation but their opponents are predictably upset.

Tax reform isn't where one would expect to deal with the issue of abortion and life, but Jim Sedlak of American Life League tells OneNewsNow there is a provision that recognizes life begins at conception.

The provision, says Sedlak, is “that the children who are confirmed as being present in the mother's womb, but not yet born, can have college accounts set up for them and contributions to those accounts become deductible from the parent's income.”

The college savings accounts, known as 529 accounts, were included in the House tax bill that passed last week in a 227-205 vote. 

Although the measure has nothing to do with abortion, abortion organizations such as NARAL and Planned Parenthood have begun an aggressive campaign to have it removed from the legislation.

If the tax bill passes as-is, NARAL warned on Twitter, it will include the "unprecedented recognition of personhood ideology" for the first time ever. 

Legislation of any kind routinely defines terms it uses, and in this case the tax bill defines an unborn child as a "child in utero. It then goes on to state that the definition of "child in utero" means a "member of the species homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb," LifeSiteNews reported.

“The feedback we're hearing from the members of Congress,” says Sedlak, “is that a number of them are very upset at Planned Parenthood for being so opposed to this provision. Some members of Congress are beginning to think they should just stop giving Planned Parenthood money.”

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