The Missouri House of Representatives and Senate are deciding whether to extend the tax credit for pregnancy resource centers beyond 2015.
The state has given $4.4 million of state revenue to 52 centers since 2007. The state has handed out another $2.5 million of taxpayer funds to several of the organizations during that same time period through the state's Alternatives to Abortion grant program.
According to a previous Missourian article, donors to My Life Clinic, one of two pregnancy resource centers in Columbia, were issued $30,000 in tax credits in fiscal year 2010. Across the state last year, donors claimed more than $1.6 million.
Some proponents of pregnancy resource centers claim abortions can lead to infertility, breast cancer and post-abortion mental health disorders. However, dissenters will agree that health risks exist, but precise medical data remains controversial.
Missouri state Sen. Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, is sponsoring SB 204, which would renew the pregnancy resource center tax credit through 2018. The bill is currently in the Senate. Another sponsored by Rep. Tom Flanigan, R-Carthage, HB 116, would force termination of the program in 2015.
Currently, the pregnancy resource center tax credit will come to an end on Aug. 28, 2012. There has been no public discussion of diminishing the state’s Alternatives to Abortion grant program.
Should pregnancy resource centers continue to receive state funding?