ELDER PATRIOT – Abortion. The mere mention of the word has people retreating to their entrenched positions making any discussion nearly impossible. But, let’s put aside the emotional moral, and legal arguments for a few minutes and take a look at the economic impact all of us have become responsible for as a result of abortion.
There are at least three parties to every abortion: the baby, the woman, and society at large. With over four decades of statistical evidence available to us we can examine who benefits from America’s abortion industry.
If we believe that life itself is our most precious gift then it would be impossible to deny that the baby always loses.
What about the woman?
The National Institute of Health reports most women who have abortions overwhelmingly give one or more of the following three reasons for terminating their pregnancies:
- Having a baby would interfere with work, school, or other responsibilities. (74%)
- They can’t afford a child. (73%)
- They do not want to be a single parent or the relationship they’re in is failing. (48%)
National Abortion Federation statistics reveal that only 1% of all abortions are a result of rape.
The reasons are virtually all based on the mother’s convenience. But do women leave the abortion clinic better off?
According to the Elliot Institute:
“In a study of post-abortion patients only 8 weeks after their abortion, researchers found that 44% complained of nervous disorders, 36% had experienced sleep disturbances, 31% had regrets about their decision, and 11% had been prescribed psychotropic medicine by their family doctor.”
And, while the psychological damage is greatest in the months immediately following an abortion studies reveal long-term implications continue to exist.
Who should bear the direct costs of an abortion is the subject of political debate. But, like it or not, every American is bearing the costs associated with on-going psychiatric care and the prescribed psychotropic medicines used to treat these women as well as the inevitable attendant workplace disruptions.
Further, the Elliot Institute has found that, “Approximately 60 percent of women who experience post-abortion sequelae report suicidal ideation, with 28 percent actually attempting suicide, of which half attempted suicide two or more times.”
The damaging effect of abortion to the mother doesn’t end there. It is clear that for pregnant women abortion has both short-term and long-term harmful consequences.
What about the effect of abortion on our greater society?
We discussed the increased costs due to psychiatric, post suicide medical care, and workplace inefficiencies that must be born by all of us. But there is a broader economic discussion that exposes how abortion is actually killing both the economy and the core principles that made America great.
An expanding economy requires a growing population for both an ample supply of workers and a growing consumer base. With an estimated 55 million abortions having been performed since 1973 when the Supreme Court ruled abortion was legal our native born population has lost at least 20% of its potential size.
By itself, that number might be dismissed but the aborted Americans missing to the workforce were replaced by 25 million foreign-born workers. And, the number of undocumented and unaccounted illegal aliens, the children and non-working spouses of foreign–born legal workers, and the various refugee relocation programs may well make up the other 30 million aborted Americans.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of foreign-born workers is now three times the number of native-born officially unemployed Americans. Had American workers filled these positions, federal and state governments would’ve saved over half a trillion dollars on unemployment benefits during the past five years.
Foreign-born workers may be attractive to employers because they work for lower wages but that also results in diminished tax revenues:
What of those non-working foreign-born immigrants? The costs of their social welfare needs to federal, state and local governments– schools, medical care, housing assistance, food stamps, welfare, etc. – greatly exceeds the half trillion dollars that our displaced workers have cost state and federal governments.
Add to that the costs of those same services necessary to sustain an existence for the 40-50 million American-born workers that are no longer counted in the official unemployment numbers and you see the massive costs to our society that are a direct result of America’s abortion industry.
We must also consider that foreign-born workers often send money to relatives in their home countries removing that money from circulation in the U.S. economy.
All of these economic costs are the proximate result of America’s abortion industry and are major reasons that despite record tax revenues our federal and state governments are running up huge deficits.
Perhaps most troubling and making the long-term outlook even bleaker has been the political and philosophical results of replacing American-born babies with foreigners, legal or illegal. Our alien population lacks a true understanding and visceral appreciation of what made America so unique and what has led to her greatness. For reasons known only to them selves, our political elites have made no attempt to educate them to these historical truths. The result is an altered political landscape that doesn’t bode well for an American future that will be as great as America’s past.
When women choose abortion for convenience they enlist in a political movement that is well on its way to destroying America. These women stand in stark contrast to the selflessness of the American soldier who, even in the best case, willingly endures immeasurably greater inconvenience to protect the lives of those pregnant women who, wittingly or unwittingly, share no similar concerns for their country.