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Proposal to Extend Adoption Tax Credit to Pregnant Women Considering Abortion

Women placing babies for adoption would be eligible for an adoption tax credit if a Republican Candidate for Congress in North Carolina gets his way. According to his question and answer section, the candidate wishes to extend the adoption tax credit to women who are deemed at risk of seeking an abortion but then give birth.

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What is your top legislative priority if elected?

I have proposed the Birth Mother Adoption Tax Credit. Using the tax code, we would match up mothers at risk of seeking abortions with prospective adoptive parents and extend the adoption tax credit to birth mothers that carry their children to term. Saving innocent human lives is among the few legitimate functions of the federal government.

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Intended Parents of Children Born to Gestational Carriers May Be Able to Receive Benefits Under Just Signed New Jersey Paid Family Leave Law

On February 19, 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law a new family leave law that may provide benefits to the intended parents of children conceived through gestational carriers.

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NY State Says Adoption Agencies Must Not Discriminate; NY Adoption Agency Argues in Federal Court That They Must

To receive a State adoption agency license, New York requires that an agency work with all eligible adoptive families – including same-sex married couples.  A religious New York adoption agency argues that they can discriminate based on their religious constitutionally protected beliefs.  Yesterday, the religious agency and the State appeared for two hours of oral argument before a U.S. Federal Magistrate.    Story here.

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TN Legislator: Religious Adoption Agencies Discriminate

Tennessee State Representative John Ragan – who put forth legislation to allow state licensed religious adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex married couples –  told a reporter that his legislation is intended to discriminate. 

Ragan’s legislation is designed to provide a religious exemption from any state adoption licensing requirement that contradicts sincerely held religious beliefs.  If Ragan’s position is accepted, any business owned by religious persons with sincerely held religious beliefs offering goods and services to the public could potentially legally discriminate against non religious persons.

Essentially Representative Ragan’s position is that a person who physically exits a house of worship and desires to apply their sincerely held beliefs into the world at large outside of the house of worship should be entitled to operate businesses and maintain beliefs even if those beliefs contradict State and Federal laws designed to protect discrimination.

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Adoption Stories in the News

This week in adoption, two stories to report; both regarding gay adoption.

Tennessee has introduced legislation establishing legal grounds for adoption agencies to refuse service to couples seeking to adopt based on religiously held beliefs.  If approved, the legislation is designed to use religious beliefs to deny service.  

Sony pictures just purchased the rights to distribute an Argentinean film on a gay couple’s adoption journey.  The film will first be distributed in three Latin American territories; talks continue for a wider distribution.      

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Legislating Discrimination Against Same-Sex Adoption

Seventy-Eight US Congress members signed this letter and support this legislation permitting discrimination exemptions for religious U.S. adoption agencies.  If signed into law, any religious adoption agency could cite the law to deny service to U.S. citizens, including the intended target:  same-sex adopting couples. 

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Supporter Of Gay Adoption Rights Jeff Bezos Opens Colorado Amazon Center And Immediately Donates $10,800 to Anti-Gay Adoption Colorado Senator

According to this article, gay adoption supporter Jeff Bezos just donated $10,800 to Anti-Gay Adoption Colorado Senator weeks after opening an Amazon warehouse in Colorado.  

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Israel Agrees to Restrict Same-Sex Couples from Adopting Russian Children

According to this article, Russian law bans single parents and same-sex couples from adopting.  Russian children account for half of all foreign children adopted in Israel.  It appears that Israel and Russia have just reached a formal agreement that same-sex couples in Israel will not be able to adopt Russian children.  

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Foreign-Born Adopted Child by U.S. Military Family Missed Deadline for Adoption Finalization; Child Must Leave U.S.

Here’s a recent federal case wherein an United States citizen in the military followed the proper procedures to bring their foreign-born fifteen year old neice  to the United States for adoption, but the family then missed the age 16 deadline to file for adoption.  As a result of the missed adoption filing deadline, a Federal Judge just ruled that the child must leave the United States.

 

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Michigan Same-Sex Adoption Suit Survives Motion To Dismiss

A federal lawsuit to block Michigan from contracting or funding faith-based agencies that forbid assisting same-sex families adopt survived a motion to dismiss filed by the State of Michigan and a faith-based adoption agency.

United States District Judge Paul Borman’s ruling will now allow the case to move forward to consider blocking any state funding to faith-based adoption agencies who reject same-sex families.

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