Op-ed submission by Project 21
There is a real economic toll related to abortion, but it’s not something Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton or the Congressional Black Caucus complains about. In fact, they all support abortion.
To hear abortion proponents talk about it, infanticide is an economic boon. In 1998, a U.S. News and World Report article called a child “a high-priced consumer item with no warranty.” Less children supposedly means less welfare spending, less unemployment and generally more money to spread around.
Actually, the opposite is more likely to be true.
In a telephone interview, Mark Crutcher, president of Life Dynamics Inc., said, “The cost [of abortion to society], if calculable, would be astronomical to the point of the average person being incapable of comprehending it.” While Crutcher correctly notes one cannot accurately put a price on the opportunity costs of abortion, its effects are apparent. In fact, abortion may play a key factor in fixing our nation’s current economic crisis.
Consumer spending is the dominant facet of our economy. With the economy needing a boost and job creation jolted, a baby is a true stimulus plan. Forget TARP and the Keynesian spending schemes promoted by the Obama Administration. A baby necessitates diapers, toys, food, books, clothing and more. Meeting those needs creates jobs in the manufacturing and service sectors. Children also create jobs in the medical and educational sectors. When they grow up, babies supplement the labor force – promoting the “circle of life.” At a time when our nation relies on an influx of legal and illegal immigrants, it’s illogical to promote population control.
It’s also an issue of quality, and not just quantity. As the late economist Julian Simon noted: “In the long run, the most important economic effect of population size and growth is the contribution of additional people to our stock of useful knowledge.” Around 45 million potential members of the American labor force have already been obliterated by legialized abortion. How many could have kept our auto industry solvent? How many might have developed the cure to cancer or cold-fusion energy production?
And then there’s the Social Security and Medicare crises. These two programs, once considered safety nets, are now lifelines for many elderly and impoverished Americans. The programs’ solvency relies upon large numbers of people in the workforce providing for much smaller numbers of recipients. The Baby Boom and expansions of coverage turned these calculations on their heads. More money will soon be paid out than is being paid into the programs. That means fewer benefits and/or more taxes.
For blacks in particular, Crutcher noted, “Abortion has cost blacks tremendous political power. You cannot reduce the black American population by – in some estimates – as much as 40 percent in the last 35 plus years and not have a debilitating political impact that equates further to verifiable economic loss, even if the loss is astronomical to the point of being incalculable.”
Crutcher refers to the relatively unchanged size of the black community relative to other races. While black population numbers stagnate, Hispanics are now the dominant minority group. Could this have anything to do with abortion? Yes. Susan Cohen, writing for the Guttmacher Policy Review in 2008, noted, “The abortion rate for black women is almost five times that for white women.”
Black Americans were brought to America in chains. After emancipation, we were subject to unfair laws restricting promised freedoms. Discrimination further robbed us of opportunity. Now, even with a level playing field, abortion is still pushing blacks into a corner. While the United States economy remains on the brink, blacks – who, as a community, are making their way up the socio-economic ladder – stand to lose the most.
In promoting abortion, there is much more to lose than just our morality. Our very futures may lie in the balance.
Mychal Massie is the chairman of the black leadership network Project 21.
I am on the fence about abortion because I do believe in a woman’s right to choose what happens to her body but I do not believe it should be used as an ‘option’ in case he forgets something etc.
That is fundamentally wrong.
I don’t believe the statistic.
I do believe in not having children for the “struggle.” To have more children in poverty. I do strongly believe in birth control. I believe in a Black woman ability to determine her destiny. We are not chattel of the “struggle” either.
I do agree that a woman has the fundamental right to choose. That must never be forgotten.
I believe that an unborn human being has an even more fundamental right to their life. That should also never be forgotten.
This idea seems like a conservative regurgitation of the 60’s rhetoric. Become breeders for the cause. Of course I’m paraphrasing.
@Asa, while I do agree that an unborn child/foetus has rights, I am still unsure as to whether they override the mother.
It’s a difficult situation but essentially I think women have to make the choice that they feel is right for them, not necessarily what we think is right.
“while I do agree that an unborn child/foetus has rights, I am still unsure as to whether they override the mother.”
I don’t see it as a conflict of “rights”: who’s “rights” are more important or takes precedence!? It’s not an “either/or” proposition. I’m talking about “life” not “rights”… and as far as I am concerned, everyone has a right to life. Certainly there are different circumstances that may determine anyones decision in regards to abortion and I do believe that it should be a personal decision, ideally among the mother and the father, without any condemnation, judgement, blame or criminalization.
I also equate defining an unborn human being as a “foetus” the same as White society refering to a Black person as a “Negro”. It dehumanizes our existence, strips us of our humanity and therefore makes it easier to deny us any so-called “rights” and also allows an ease of the conscience in regards to our extermination.
“It’s a difficult situation but essentially I think women have to make the choice that they feel is right for them, not necessarily what we think is right.”
I agree that it is a very difficult situation and there are no easy nor ideal answers. As I state above, these are personal decisions that ideally should be made by the 2 primary parties involved in conceiving that “life”, the mother and father. However, I do know that our western society does perpetuate the idea that making personal “choices” for one’s own benefit is preferable to making “choices” that may benefit others… whether another single individual (especially an unborn human being) or a community.
Just my opinion, not what I think is right.
Asa, apologies for this late reply. Internet connection is so rare these days LOL.
I do think the community aspect you bring up is a good point, however, I think this also has the chance of making women seem like ‘vessels’ and desensitises a woman’s feelings when it comes to pregnancy.