AFA Senior Fellow Dr. Jameson Taylor: ‘It is only by encouraging this kind of collaboration that we are going to provide real, lasting solutions for women and families.’
July 18, 2022
TUPELO, Miss. — Following the historic reversal of Roe v. Wade, pro-life states are pivoting toward strategies to help pregnant women and families. American Family Association (AFA, www.AFA.net) is proud to have supported an innovative program recently passed in Mississippi that provides additional resources for low-income women and children. The Pregnancy Resource Act (HB 1685) creates a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for businesses that donate to pregnancy resource centers (PRCs). The credit is set at 50 percent of the taxpayer’s state tax burden. The total program has an annual cap of $3.5 million. The Act will help Mississippi PRCs increase the services they provide, including high-quality healthcare for pregnant women.
Jameson Taylor, Ph.D., is the architect of Mississippi’s Pregnancy Resource Act. Taylor also helped draft the Mississippi pro-life law that led to the U.S. Supreme Court Dobbs v. Jackson case and led the coalition to get it passed. He is a senior fellow with AFA and the Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs for AFA Action, the governmental affairs affiliate of American Family Association.
“Just as the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision couldn’t resolve the complex issue of abortion, government alone cannot address all the reasons that lead a woman to have an abortion,” stated Taylor. “The nonprofit sector — and the relationships and community support that nonprofits and churches provide — must be part of the answer. Pregnancy resource centers are on the front lines helping women facing an unexpected pregnancy. By supporting the efforts of PRCs to provide concrete and compassionate assistance to women in need, the state of Mississippi is investing in private sector solutions that can complement what the state is already doing to assist these women.
“Mississippi has the highest out-of-wedlock birthrate in the country. More than 90 percent of abortions in Mississippi were obtained by unmarried women. The reasons for this situation are complex. The government, acting alone, can’t address these systemic problems. We need more eyes, ears, hands and minds thinking and working on how to help women in crisis. By creating a tax credit for donations to PRCs, this new program encourages people to learn more about women in crisis and connect with nonprofits around the state who are helping these women. It is only by encouraging this kind of collaboration — based on relationships and businesses giving back to their community — that we are going to provide real, lasting solutions for women and families.”
Taylor concluded, “The Pregnancy Resource Act leverages private sector resources to provide targeted assistance for women facing an unexpected pregnancy, as well as making Mississippi a leader in passing innovative family policy.”
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