A former first daughter recently made a claim that is more than a bit of a stretch.
Chelsea Clinton stated that legalized abortion was directly responsible for adding trillions of dollars to the U.S. economy.
The former first daughter is pounding the pavement to make her case against President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.
She is anchoring her argument against Kavanaugh’s appointment in hopes of ensuring that Roe v. Wade is not overturned.
To that point, according to Clinton, that decision — and the fact abortion then became legal — was the reason the economy boomed
“It is not a disconnected fact,” she said, “that American women entering the labor force from 1973 to 2009 added three and a half trillion dollars to our economy.”
She added: “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.”
But that is a very loose connect at best.
What Clinton fails to mention is the 1970s were a time when more and more women were entering the workforce out of need, not because they had an abortion.
The feminist movement was in full force, and women were finally entering the workforce to go after what were once deemed to be male-only jobs.
Over the next decade, women would continue to rise the ranks, therefore they were making higher salaries.
By Clinton’s reasoning, women were only entering the workforce after they killed off a baby so they could pursue a career.
A more telling statistic would be the average family size leading up to that time.
In 1960, the average American family size was 3.67.
In 1972, the average family size was 3.53, showing a clear decline in the number of children people were having before the Roe v. Wade decision was ever made.
The fact is, Americans started to have fewer children because a second income was needed in the house and the “traditional” role of women was overhauled in this country.
It is just flat out disgusting that Chelsea Clinton would equate the killing of unborn children to the progress women have made in this country.