*This bill passed the House. It died in the Senate Finance and Taxation Education Committee chaired by Sen. Arthur Orr (Decatur), along with all other tax credit bills*
ALCAP’s top legislative priority was the Pregnancy Resource Act, which was sponsored in the House of Representatives by Rep. Jamie Kiel (Russellville). This bill would have provided a state income tax credit to individuals and businesses that make contributions to eligible charitable organizations that operate as a pregnancy center or residential maternity facility. In short, this Act would have spurred financial support for the dozens of Pregnancy Resource Centers all across Alabama. Now that abortion is illegal in Alabama, these often underfunded and understaffed centers are tasked with providing both free and low-cost medical, educational, and support services to more women and men than ever before facing an unplanned pregnancy or sexual health concern. These services often include free pregnancy and STD testing and ultrasounds. These centers help to educate women who think that their only option is an abortion. This Act would have provided tax credits of up to 10 million dollars for the next five years.
We must always remember that there is more to being pro-life than just being against abortion.