NEW YORK — Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former president Bill Clinton and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, claimed during a “Rise Up for Roe” abortion “rights” event on Saturday that Roe v. Wade has helped add over three trillion to the U.S. economy in that it has allowed women to enter the workforce and make a living instead of focusing on raising children.
“Whether you kind of fundamentally care about reproductive rights and access, because again, these are not the same thing—if you care about social justice or economic justice, agency—you have to care about this,” she said, according to video footage of the New York event, shared by the Media Research Center. “It is not a disconnected fact … that American women entering the labor force from 1970 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 some of these other arguments that you’re hearing expressed so beautifully will be.”
Se reiterated her point on Twitter on Wednesday after receiving backlash for her comments, while also asserting that she wasn’t saying that aborting children boost the economy.
“To repeat: reproductive rights have always been economic rights. A recent study found denying women—often already mothers—a wanted abortion results in years of less employment & more family poverty,” Clinton stated.
As previously reported, Clinton’s mother has made similar remarks, speaking at a Planned Parenthood event in 2016.
“Roe v. Wade guaranteed the right to safe, legal abortion, so young women were no longer dying in emergency rooms and back alleys from botched abortions,” she said. “America’s maternal mortality rate dropped dramatically, and it turns out being able to plan their families not only saved women’s lives, it also transformed them because it meant that women were able to get education, build careers, enter new fields and rise as far as their talent and hard work would take them.”
She praised “[a]ll the opportunities that follow when women are able to stay healthy and choose whether and when to become mothers,” adding that birth control has likewise helped the economy because more women can work if they are not raising children.
“Today, the percentage of women who finish college is six times what it was before birth control was legal,” Clinton stated. “Women represent half of all college graduates in America and nearly half our labor force, and our whole economy then is better off.”
“The movement of women into the workforce, a paid workforce, over the past 40 years was responsible for more than $3.5 trillion in growth in our economy,” she said.
The argument is not new, however, as Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a Reagan appointee, made similar statements about how abortion has kept women in the workforce in the 1992 ruling of Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
“For two decades of economic and social developments, people have organized intimate relationships and made choices that define their views of themselves and their places in society, in reliance on the availability of abortion in the event that contraception should fail,” O’Connor wrote on behalf of the court.
“The ability of women to participate equally in the economic and social life of the nation has been facilitated by their ability to control their reproductive lives,” she said.
However, in his article “The Calling of the Young Women to Marry and to Bear Children,” Den Hartog notes that the feminist mindset is far from the biblical exhortation in 1 Timothy 5:14 that young women are to “marry, bear children [and] guide the house.”
“[T]he role of mother in the home is greatly despised in our society. The career woman is glamorized. She is the liberated woman. She is the one who has insisted on her rights which, according to the spirit of our age, all women must by all means do. She has made a name for herself in the world,” he wrote.
“On the other hand, [according to the world,] the mother who stays home to give birth to and raise a family is an ignoramus. She is counted as a nothing. Her life is boring. She is wasting her time. She has submitted herself to some form of evil bondage that hopefully our world is now finally ridding itself of,” Hartog lamented.
He said that women who selflessly give of themselves to invest their lives in their children, to lovingly train them in the ways of the Lord, should be encouraged and applauded.
“With all these ideas bombarding the Christian woman today, she needs to know very clearly what her calling is before the Lord. She needs to be encouraged in our day. The godly woman who stays home to bear children and to sacrifice herself to raise them in the fear and admonition of the Lord needs to be praised,” Hartog outlined. “She needs to be told over and over of the great honor of her position and the great significance of her calling in the Church. ‘Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain; but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.'”