Editor’s note. The following was sent to Congress today.
Dear Member of Congress
The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the nationwide federation of state right-to-life organizations, urges you to retain the adoption tax credit (section 1102(b)) as well as the exclusion for adoption assistance programs (section 1406) as you consider H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
Adoption affirms the unborn child’s right to life, allowing each baby to enter the world as a blessing for another family. While in effect, the adoption tax credit has served as an effective way to encourage adoption by easing the often steep financial expense that can be incurred by adopting a child. The pro-life movement has long promoted adoption as an alternative for single mothers facing crisis pregnancy situations as well, offering them a viable alternative if they are unable or unwilling to raise their children themselves.
In a November 3rd 2017, proclamation regarding National Adoption Month, President Trump wrote, “Adoption is a life-changing and life-affirming act that signals that no child in America — born or unborn — is unwanted or unloved. …We must continue to remove barriers to adoption whenever we can, so that the love and care of prospective adoptive parents can be directed to children waiting for their permanent homes.”
We urge you to retain the adoption tax credit in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. National Right to Life believes that Congress ought to remove financial barriers to adoption, not create them.
David N. O’Steen, Ph.D.
Jennifer Popik, J.D.