Kansas City, MO – The governor toured Missouri signing legislation giving tax credits for donations to pregnancy crisis centers. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.
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Governor Matt Blunt signed the bill authorizing a tax credit worth half the value of a donation, up to $50,000, to pregnancy crisis centers, which provide services for pregnant women such as clothing, pregnancy tests, and assistance with rent and utilities. Blunt says the bill will promote a culture of life in the state. Planned Parenthood and other facilities that offer abortion services or referrals will not be eligible for the tax credits. Peter Brownlie, president of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, says his group has no plans to oppose the measure but he says the state should make better use of the money.
Peter Brownlie: Those who say they are against abortion are not doing the things that are most effective against abortion, providing contraceptive care, providing good solid information, good sex education, medically accurate and all of that.
The legislation also allows any unused adoption tax credit to be used instead on tax credits for abused and neglected children.