Tax bills lay the groundwork for an outright ban on abortion

News from the Reproductive Rights Committee

Sneaking pet provisions into unrelated legislation in hopes that these will slip through unnoticed is nothing new. But the latest such move is one for the books: using the tax code to define when life begins and thus set a precedent to overturn Roe v Wade.

The GOP’s latest stunt includes “personhood” language in the section about college savings accounts, setting the stage for this radical ideology to seep into the law of the land. This, despite the fact that  “personhood” proposals are deeply unpopular. They’ve even been defeated on the ballot in states as red as Mississippi.  So-called personhood laws, a favorite tactic of anti-choice activists for decades, seek to classify fertilized eggs, zygotes, embryos, and fetuses as “persons,” and to grant them full legal protection under the U.S. Constitution, including the right to life from the moment of conception. If enacted, the laws would criminalize abortion with no exception and ban many forms of contraception, in vitro fertilization, and health care for pregnant women. The danger of letting this kind of precedent pass unnoticed cannot be understated.

You have already received a SIAN Action Alert about the Trump Tax Scam. Please heed that notice and contact our representatives to voice your concerns, including objections to the radical inclusion of “personhood” language in the Senate bill. The conversation about when life begins belongs in science or among families, NOT in the United States tax code.

Call Senator Scott and Graham now and demand they vote against this latest stunt to undermine women’s’ rights. Click here for contact information.  Also, call supporters of women’s reproductive rights in the Senate and urge them to stay the course and defeat the Trump Tax Scam: 1-866-665-4470.


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