Reps Torr and Welch have introduced HB 1020 which grants a family a $2,500 tax credit for a stillborn birth. A stillbirth is defined elsewhere as gestation of 20 weeks or more that does not result in a live birth.
Taken on its own merits, I don’t really have a problem with this bill. Certainly 20 weeks of pregnancy involves significant costs and the stillbirth itself has to be very traumatic. I am concerned that this is less motivated by an interest in helping families with those costs and more motivated as part of an overall effort to add legislative support to the idea that embryos, fetuses, blastocysts, and zygotes are morally equivalent to a fully developed human being. Former Representative John Hostettler introduced a similar bill on the federal level a while back.