Michigan lawmakers want to adopt a state program to remedy sorrowful figures regarding the state’s pregnant women.
Genevieve Marnon of Right to Life of Michigan tells OneNewsNow the proposal provides a financial incentive for women, which Marnon describes as a tax deduction for unborn babies.
“We want to recognize, of course, that prenatal care -- preparing for a child -- is expensive, and we want to encourage people to get into their doctors and get the needed prenatal care,” she explains. “This is a good incentive to get women in early.”
That, she says, would help ensure both the mother and the preborn child are healthy -- and if there is a problem with the pregnancy, early diagnosis is important.
Marnon adds that Michigan has a problem with maternal deaths and medical assistance early in pregnancy would help reduce that.
The approach is not unprecedented since Medicaid recognizes a pregnant woman as two people and the WIC program does, too.
So the tax break, if passed and signed into law, would be an encouragement for women in poverty to sign on to medical care when they first learn they are pregnant.