IRS: Abortions are Eligible for a Tax Deduction, Stillborn Babies are Not

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 31, 2015   |   1:42PM   |   Washington, DC

It’s tax time and millions of Americans are looking for extra deductions to get the maximum refund possible. Some Americans may be surprised to know that, if they aborted their baby last year, they’re eligible for a deduction.

Did you know that abortions are apparently eligible for a tax deduction? That appears to be true, so says the IRS.

So what does the IRS say about deducting the cost of killing your child? “You can include in medical expenses the amount you pay for a legal abortion,” it says.




While Americans can deduct the expenses of aborting their baby from their taxes, the medical expenses related to a stillborn baby are not able to be deducted. As one pro-life blog notes:

Ironically enough, although you can claim abortion as a tax exemption, IRS Publication 501 forbids parents from claiming a stillborn child on their taxes for exemptions. So, in other words you can receive a tax deduction if you kill the child in the womb. But, if the child is born at birth and dies naturally- no deduction for you.

The abortion deduction has been on IRS Publication 502 since 1994. However, the deduction dates all the way back to 1974…  Strangely enough, it may date back even further.