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Georgia says 'fetuses' can be claimed as dependents for state taxes

(CNN)Georgians can now claim "unborn children" as dependents for state taxes. The State Department of Revenue announced this week.

Residents filing tax returns for 2022 who had a fetus with a detectable heartbeat at six weeks gestation can claim a $3,000 dependent exemption. the ministry said on Monday.

This announcement overturned the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, repealed the U.S. constitutional right to abortion, andthe 11th Circuit appeals. Following a subsequent ruling by the court, authorized the implementation of a Georgia law banning abortion from the sixth week of pregnancy.
Georgia House Bill 481 -- called the Living Infant Fairness and Equality Act -- was signed into law by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp in 2019, banning the procedure for six weeks. , before many women knew they were pregnant. A federal judge then ruled it unconstitutional and blocked it. However, after overturning Roe v. Wade, theFederal Court of Appeals allowed it to take effect.

Under the law, embryos are considered "fully legally recognized" "natural persons" and "should be included in certain population-based decisions."

After this ruling, the Georgia definition of dependent was amended to include a "fetus" with a detectable heartbeat. On the date of her July 20 judgment in the Federal Court of Appeals, Income said.

Taxpayers must be prepared to provide "relevant medical records or other supporting documents" to support claimed dependent deductions, the ministry said. What those documents were was never identified.

It is unclear how tax returns for nonterm pregnancies will be filed and how separated surrogate mothers and unmarried parents will be affected. Guidance released by the Department of Revenue did not address miscarriage, but said tax filing instructions would be issued later this year.

highlights the swirling debate about how to define 'personality' in the aftermath of .

Recently, a federal judge suspended the "personality" clause of Arizona's existing abortion ban, penalizing abortions that are legal under Arizona's existing laws.
In Texas, a pregnant woman who obtained a ticket to drive on a Texas HOV lane did not become pregnant. , argued that this meant that there was actually a passenger in the car, rather than alone.Define.