Food for the naysayers thoughts: when a woman has her baby on Dec 31, 2017she is able to receive the child tax credit on 2017’s tax return. However, if she delivers at 12:01 am Jan 1, 2018 she cannot claim the tax credit until the 2018 tax year even though she spent almost 10 months of 2017 pregnant with the relevant additional expenses. Even a normal uncomplicated pregnancy can have financial implications that are hard to prepare for, if there are complications it can be financially devastating. Also, this bill requires the child be issued a social security number before the mother can claim the credit. If you are pro-women this should be a no-brainer.