CatholicVote supports plan to remove abortion incentives from the tax code

Here is the letter that CatholicVote President Brian Burch sent to House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp in favor of H.R. 1232, which would eliminate tax incentives for abortion from the tax code and the healthcare law. The House Ways and Means Committee is expected to consider this proposal today at 3:00 p.m.

Honorable David L. Camp
Chairman
Committee on Ways and Means
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Mr. Chairman,

On behalf of 500,000 members of CatholicVote.org, I write in support of H.R. 1232, “To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to eliminate certain tax benefits relating to abortion.”

Your committee is to be commended for considering the following changes, all of which have our full support:

  • Disallowing abortions to be included as an itemized deduction for medical expenses exceeding 7.5% (10% after 2012) of adjusted gross income.
  • Ending the policy of providing tax-preferred status for abortion through Archer Medical Savings Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, and Health Flexible Spending Arrangements (FSAs).
  • Disallowing premium tax credits – also known as “exchange subsidies” – that were created by the 2010 health care law for subsidizing the premiums of health insurance plans offered in the government-run exchanges that offer abortion coverage.
  • Disallowing small business tax credits, also created by the 2010 health care law, for a subset of small businesses purchasing, for employees, health insurance plans that offer abortion coverage.

We appreciate your diligence to remove any and all tax incentives for the destruction of human life. Eliminating these incentives for abortion is a great first step towards building a more pro-family tax code. We welcome further reform of the tax code that would support families which sacrifice to raise America’s most cherished asset – our future citizens.

Sincerely,

Brian Burch
President
CatholicVote.org

UPDATE: On March 31, the House Ways and Means Committee approved H.R. 1232 on a party-line vote: Twenty-two Republicans voted Yes and 14 Democrats voted No.

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