Indiana passes pro-family law to ease financial burden on parents

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On the same day Indiana’s abortion ban became law, the state’s governor also signed a bill to provide additional resources to help parents of young children and ease the financial burden on women. pregnant, which is often cited as a reason for termination of pregnancy.

Indiana Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb signed Bill 2 on Senate Registration on Friday. The measure establishes the “Hoosier Family First Fund,” which allocates $45 million to “support the health of pregnant women, postpartum mothers and infants,” “to support pregnancy planning, including eliminating barriers to long-acting reversible contraception” and “to support the needs of families with children under four (4) years of age who are low income or do not have access to resources.

Holcomb’s approval of Senate Enrollment Act 2 came the same day he signed Senate Enrollment Act 1, which implements a near-total ban on abortion in the United States. State. “Today I proudly signed Senate Enrolled Act 2 to return $1 billion to Hoosier taxpayers,” he said in a statement.

“This fulfills what I intended to accomplish when calling the General Assembly into Special Session to help Hoosiers suffering from historically high inflation. I am also especially grateful for the nearly 100 millions of dollars in long overdue increased funding to support the health of our Hoosier mothers and babies. infant and maternal mortality,” added Holcomb.

Holcomb’s approval of the bills comes six weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturning the Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide. The Dobbs decision gives states the power to regulate abortion.

Over the years, pro-life politicians have been criticized for not doing enough to support women and their children after childbirth. Senate Registration Act 2 states that the legislation “will provide funding to providers of maternal support services and services to help pregnant women and their families carry their pregnancies to term.” It points out that “to be eligible for funding under this subdivision, providers cannot be affiliated with any abortion clinic.”

Additionally, the Indiana law will exempt diapers from state gross sales tax and provide a $3,000 tax credit for adopted children under 19 or full-time college students age 24. or less.

Unlike the near-total abortion ban enacted the same day, Senate Bill 2 received the overwhelming support of the Indiana Legislature. Ninety-three members of the state’s Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted to approve the measure while only seven voted against. Five of the votes against the bill came from Democrats while two Republicans opposed it. In the Republican-controlled Indiana Senate, the bill passed 46 to 1, with only one Senate Democrat voting against.

Indiana is not the only state to have passed a law providing some sort of financial assistance or support for pregnant women or new mothers following the Dobbs decision. Last week, the Georgia Department of Revenue released guidelines explaining that expectant parents can claim $3,000 exemptions for their unborn children on their Georgia personal income taxes as long as the child has a “ detectable human heartbeat”.

According to the National Council of State Legislature, 11 states currently offer paid family leave. While every state that paid family leave voted overwhelmingly Democratic in the 2020 presidential election and has generally been Democrat-controlled during that time, the idea has gained traction among Republican leaders in states where strict abortion bans went into effect after the Dobbs decision.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, a Republican, acknowledged conservative concerns about the “financial cost” and “medical cost” of paid family leave during an appearance on CNN last month. However, Noem identified the policy as “something I have supported in the past” and concluded that the “time is right” to enact it in South Dakota. Noem’s comments to CNN came less than two weeks after the Dobbs decision.

At the federal level, the senses. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Mitt Romney, R-Utah, introduced the New Parents Act. If passed, the measure would allow parents with a median household income of about $60,000 or less to take paid family leave using part of their Social Security benefits.

Efforts to provide financial assistance to poor women who experience unplanned pregnancies likely stem from the frequent citation of “economic reasons” among women seeking abortions. A 2021 Minnesota Department of Health report compiling statistics on “induced abortions in Minnesota” from January through December 2021 listed 1,346 abortions that occurred in the state for “economic reasons”. Another of the most common reasons for abortion in Minnesota was that the woman “doesn’t want children right now” (5,499).

In 3,579 cases, women said they did not know why they had an abortion. By contrast, only 11 abortions in Minnesota in 2021 were due to pregnancy resulting from rape, while only 44 cited conception of their unborn child through incest as the reason for the termination.

Ryan Foley is a reporter for The Christian Post. He can be contacted at: ryan.foley@christianpost.com

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