Chelsea Clinton expressed her extreme gratitude for abortion rights at the “Rise Up for Roe” event last Saturday, and credited abortion with saving the American economy.
The number of women in the workforce has exploded since the early 1970s, a fact Clinton credits to the widespread availability of abortion services. She speculated to an audience of abortion rights activists that, without the unfettered ability to eliminate their unborn children, women would have been relegated to their kitchens, chained to their home appliances, and oppressed under the thumb of their Patriarchal husbands.
“Whether you fundamentally care about reproductive rights and access right, because these are not the same thing, if you care about social justice or economic justice, agency — you have to care about this,” Clinton said. “It is not a disconnected fact — to address this t-shirt of 1973 — that American women entering the labor force from 1973 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,” she continued.
Clinton is missing other significant factors: the introduction of safe chemical birth control pills, advances in technology that gave us the vacuum cleaner and the microwave, and a cultural shift towards women’s rights that began in the late 1960s as part of the anti-war movement.
Feminism may have given birth to Roe v. Wade (ironically), but the landmark abortion rights decision is hardly the only thing standing in between women and full time jobs, advanced education, and respect in the workplace — unless, of course, women are only the sum of their reproductive parts, a theory many modern feminists seem to espouse.
Clinton closed out her argument against overturning Roe v. Wade by stressing that American economic growth is so closely tied to abortion that the argument should convince any fence-sitting pro-lifer that they should leave abortion alone.
“So, I think, whatever it is that people say they care about, I think that you can connect to this issue,” Clinton 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, come some of these other arguments that you’ve expressed so beautifully, will be.”
The “Rise Up for Roe” event kicked off a multi-million dollar pro-abortion campaign headlined by Planned Parenthood, the National Organization for Women (NOW), and the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), against confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.