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Mich. legislation would give pregnancy tax break

Associated Press Modified: November 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm •  Published: November 21, 2012

"Ensuring sufficient access to prenatal care should be a top priority of our state. Instead, Republican legislators today brought forward a bill to establish fetal personhood in the guise of a tax deduction," said Rep. Jim Townsend, D-Royal Oak, in a statement.

Ari Adler, spokesman for House Republicans and Speaker Jase Bolger, rejected claims Wednesday that the legislation establishes "fetal personhood." He compared it to a 2004 state law that dealt with assaults on pregnant women and harm that could come to her fetus.

The legislation was discussed Tuesday in a House Tax Policy Committee hearing, but it is unclear if or when it will be forwarded to the full House for a vote after lawmakers return to the Capitol next Tuesday.