At a “Rise Up for Roe” event this weekend to drum up opposition to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton said that not only was abortion a woman’s right and blah blah blah, but it was actually an integral part of the American economy. Clinton said that worst decision in the high court’s history indirectly injected trillions of dollars into the U.S. economy by allowing otherwise-pregnant-and-barefoot women to go out and get jobs.
“Whether you fundamentally care about reproductive rights and access rights – because these are not the same thing – if you care about social justice or economic justice, you have to care about this,” she 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 the 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 it is that Clinton made the (unprecedented?) insinuation that even if you might happen to be against abortion on petty religious or moral grounds, you should really just suck it up and play along since widespread infanticide is so important to the economy.
“I think, whatever it is that people say they care about, I think that you can connect it to this issue,” she said. “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’ve expressed so beautifully will be.”
Well, we have to admit – we’ve heard a lot of strange arguments in favor of abortion, but we’ve never heard anyone claim that it’s a shot of octane for the economy. When we first saw the headlines noting Chelsea’s remarks, we thought she would be arguing that Planned Parenthood provided a lot of jobs or some such nonsense. But damn, we didn’t know that the only reason women can work in modern America is because they have the right to rid themselves of those pesky pregnancies that crop up two or three times a year! Jesus, how many abortions are modern American women having, anyway?
We’ll have to wait and see if the “economic argument” turns into a major new avenue of the pro-choice movement. One would think it’s too absurd and silly on its face to make it far beyond Chelsea Clinton’s personal opinion, but then again, these are feminists we’re talking about. They’ve surprised us with their depth of ignorance before, and they’ll surely do it again.