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Prolife Income Tax Check-Off

HB 6194
Rep. John Pastor

Current Status

H.B. 6194 was introduced in the House on June 3, 2008 and referred to the Committee on Tax Policy. On December 3, 2008 the Committee substituted the bill by stripping the prolife check offs and leaving the Children's Miracle Network check off. It was passed in the House on December 11, 2008 with a vote of 101-2. The sub was passed in the Senate on December 19, 2008 with a vote of 34 0 with 4 not voting. The House concurred and the bill was ordered and enrolled and presented to the Governor on January 2, 2009.

Description
This bill would allow an individual taxpayer the opportunity to designate either $5 or $10 of his or her Michigan tax refund to be credited to the following prolife funds already established in law, namely the Pregnant and Parenting Student Services Act and the Ultrasound Equipment Grant Program.

The Pregnant and Parenting Student Services Act was established in 2004 to provide funds to colleges and universities by encouraging pregnant students to stay in school while bringing their baby to term. A resource office would be set up on campus, where pregnant students could go for assistance, whether her need be academic advocacy, housing, adoption referrals, transportation, child care, etc.

Secondly, this legislation would allow the taxpayer to check off the box noted on the tax form to donate $5 or $10 from their tax rebate to a grant program for the purpose of purchasing ultrasound equipment for nonprofit pregnancy centers. The centers would have to provide a cash match of at least 50% of the grant, in order to be eligible. Experience proves that when abortion-minded women actually see their own baby on the ultrasound monitor, they choose life for their baby 84% of the time.

This prolife measure could raise untold dollars which would be put to work to help mothers save their babies' lives.

PREGNANT AND PARENTING STUDENT SERVICES ACT (EXCERPT) Act 500 of 2004

PUBLIC HEALTH CODE (EXCERPT) Act 368 of 1978

 

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