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Mon., Feb. 4, 2013, 10:52 a.m.

Anti-abortion group seeks sales tax break

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.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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