Pregnancy resource clinics that don’t perform abortions would be exempt from Idaho’s state sales tax, under a personal bill introduced by Rep. Kelly Packer, R-McCammon; StateImpact Idaho reports that the measure, HB 62, was prompted by Stanton Healthcare, the organization led by anti-abortion activist Brandi Swindell that last year staged a live demonstration of ultrasounds on pregnant women in the state Capitol. Packer told StateImpact that the organization purchased two ultrasound machines and had to pay about $6,000 in sales tax. “Pregnancy resource clinics provide a wonderful benefit to teens and young women who find themselves in an unexpected situation,” Packer told StateImpact. “Taking resources from them, in the form of taxes, creates a financial burden.” You can read StateImpact’s full report here.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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