Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former first lady Hillary Clinton, recently spoke at an event promoting reproductive rights and abortion, making some very broad claims about the economic impact legalized abortion has had in the United States.
Clinton has been outspoken in her disapproval of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court. The event, called Rise Up for Roe, was started to campaign for abortion rights and prevent Kavanaugh from being confirmed.
Thank you #RiseUpForRoe for a great event today. Even more, deepest gratitude for all you, @PPact & @NARAL are doing to protect women’s rights to make the choices we think best for ourselves & our families. #NotGoingBack https://t.co/fP8bci4sel
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) August 11, 2018
During the event, Clinton brought up a correlation between Roe v. Wade and women in the workforce.
“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,” Clinton said, according to CNSNews.com. “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.”
There is no accurate way to prove that the boost in the economy is directly related to the number of women having abortions. Yet according to Clinton, it is fact:
“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.”
Abortions can cost anywhere from $500 to thousands of dollars depending on what stage of growth the baby is at. Contraceptives can also become expensive depending on what method it is. There is an ongoing debate over whether the government or the woman should have to pay.