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Thursday, February 21, 2008


The Senate Ways and Means Committee on Feb. 18 heard a bill that would allow parents of a stillborn baby to claim the deceased child as a dependent on their state income taxes. SB 1064 sponsored by state Sen. Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, would provide such parents with the $1,200 deduction for one year following a stillbirth.

1 comment:

Amber said...

Our son was born still at 39 weeks last year on March 30, 2007 in Texas. I commend you for working hard to get this bill passed. Our babies are people. People that have died. We invest in their lives before they are born and we grieve daily what we no longer have.

The government requires that 'final arrangements' be made for babies that are born still after 20 weeks of gestation, but the government fails to recognize our children at tax time. Thousands of dollars are spent in preparation for our child's birth, yet we return home with a death certificate, funeral expenses and broken hearts.

If a pregnant woman is shot and dies, the assailant is charged with a double murder. Our babies deserve the same respect and acknowledgement. Birth certificates and proper acknowledgement of our child's lives from the government is the right thing to do.

God bless you in your endeavors.