Recently, former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton credited abortion — a societal ill that has claimed 60 million lives in over 40 years — with improving the economy. But you wouldn’t know that if you were getting your “alternative facts” from Snopes.
“The liberal fact-checking website Snopes attempted to debunk LifeNews’ report this week about Chelsea Clinton’s comments linking economic growth to 60 million unborn babies’ abortion deaths,” reports LifeNews.
Speaking at the Planned Parenthood event “Rise Up For Roe” recently, as part of an ongoing effort to block Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, Chelsea Clinton attributed the rise of women in the workforce to the availability of abortion. She claimed this added $3.5 trillion to the economy.
It is not a disconnected fact — to address this t-shirt of 1973 — that American women entering the labor force from 1970 to 2009 added three-and-a-half trillion dollars to our economy. Right?
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.
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 some of these other arguments that you’re hearing expressed so beautifully will be.
No matter which way you slice it, Clinton clearly feels that abortion helped the economy. Snopes, however, disagrees with that assertion and wrote, “Note that at no point did Clinton literally say that Roe v. Wade (much less tens of millions of abortions) added $3.5 trillion to the economy.”
Basically, since Chelsea did not expressly say “abortion improved the economy,” it is wrong to say her statement supported that.
Snopes is either just lying or being a tad too literal. The organization then goes on to inadvertently support Chelsea’s claim by saying abortion could have provided a mental comfort for women that encouraged them to join the workforce.
Moreover, to suggest that Roe v. Wade made it possible for more women to join the workforce is not the same as saying that it was because they all had abortions. The mere fact that abortion services were accessible and provided women with an alternative to dropping out of the labor force if they became pregnant could have served as an encouragement to them, even if they never availed themselves of those services.
Translation: abortion improved the economy.