by WorldTribune Staff, August 15, 2018
The 1973 Supreme Court decision (Roe v Wade) that legalized abortion in the United States paved the way for trillions in economic growth, according to Chelsea Clinton.
In a speech at an Aug. 11 event in New York City titled “Rise Up for Roe”, which was created to advocate against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Clinton said:
“It is not a disconnected fact … that American women entering the labor force from 1973 to 2009 added three and a half trillion dollars to our economy. … The net, new entrance of women – that is not disconnected from the fact that Roe became the law of the land in January of 1973.”
Clinton continued: “So, I think, whatever it is that people say they care about, I think that you can connect to this issue. Of course, I would hope that they would care about our equal rights and dignity to make our own choices – but, if that is not sufficiently persuasive, hopefully, come some of these other arguments that you’ve expressed so beautifully, will be.”
The Rise Up for Roe nationwide tour is a joint project of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, NARAL, and the Demand Justice Initiative. Other guests on the tour include Democratic politicians Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, top abortion lobbyists Cecile Richards and Ilyse Hogue, actress Alyssa Milano, and pro-abortion writer Jessica Valenti.
Washington Examiner columnist Becket Adams noted that Clinton failed to mention two negative economic impacts of abortion, the “drain that the average cost of obtaining an abortion ($300 – $800) has been on the U.S economy,” and the “cost of eliminating an estimated 60 million persons from the national workforce.”
Additionally, almost half of all births are girls, indicating that Roe also kept nearly 30 million females from being born.
Beyond the economic accuracy of Clinton’s claims, Adams found the former first daughter’s focus “unsettling.”
“To endorse it as a money-generator is one step away from endorsing termination-for-profit,” Adams wrote. “And why not? If Roe added $3.5 trillion to the economy, then let’s up those numbers! Let’s do it and be rich! If personal profit is the real game – well, at least Clinton is being honest. So much for safe, legal, and rare.”