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The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) wrapped its latest term on Friday with a couple of education-related rulings — affirmative action in college admissions and student loan forgiveness; the high court said nope to both — that will be dissected for a while.

But we're still talking about a year-old decision by the justices. On June 24, 2022, SCOTUS overturned 1973's Roe v. Wade, sending abortion decisions back to the 50 states. That's effectively limited the availability of the medical procedure in more than half of the country.

Last year's Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision also has tax implications. So, this weekend's Saturday Shout Out goes to TaxVox's post on State Tax Policy One Year After the Dobbs Ruling.

Lillian Hunter, a research assistant in the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, writes in the think tank's blog that the post-Dobbs landscape has prompted states with tighter abortion restrictions to reconsider their tax codes.

Hunter looks at —

  • the states that have introduced legislation that would allow tax filers to claim a fetus as a dependent. So far, only Georgia has made it law.
  • where lawmakers want to allow tax deductions for donations to crisis pregnancy centers. These facilities want to dissuade or prevent people from terminating a pregnancy.

She also notes that this is still just the beginning.

"We are likely to see additional types of tax legislation motivated by the Dobbs decision," writes Hunter. "As busy as legislators have been in the first year after the Dobbs ruling, tax proposals related to the abortion debate are likely to become even more common in the coming years."

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