OSHA’s June 28, 2022, advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) for blood lead levels 1 comes during a very contentious time.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2022 overturn of 1973 Roe v Wade has emboldened states such as Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas, and many others, to propose “fetal personhood” laws. Arizona’s proposed personhood law, for example, classifies fetuses, embryos, and fertilized eggs as “people” starting at the point of conception. Georgia’s recent LIFE Act adds “an unborn child with a detectable heartbeat” to the definition of dependent. For the 2022 Tax Year this amounts to a dependent exemption of $3,000 for each unborn child from July 20, 2022, through December 31, 2022. This past July 2022, a driver in Texas contested a ticket for driving alone in a high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane. The driver claims her pregnancy counts as two people.