Chelsea Clinton: 'Pro-Choice Is Pro-Life,' Reproductive Rights Are About Economic Rights

By Craig Bannister | August 15, 2018 | 2:32pm EDT
Chelsea Clinton (Screenshot)

Support for killing the unborn is actually “pro-life,” former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton declared, replying to criticism for her claim that abortion contributes to economic growth.

“Pro-choice is pro-life,” Clinton tweeted on Tuesday, in response to a critical tweet citing a story and video of a claim Clinton made on Saturday in which she credited the 1973 “Roe v. Wade” decision for helping to stimulate three and a half trillion dollars of economic growth because more women have entered the work force, rather than staying home to care for children.

Responding to two other tweets criticizing her abortion-stimulates-economy comment, Clinton doubled down on her claim, replying to each by saying that “reproductive (abortion) rights have always been economic rights:

“To repeat: reproductive rights have always been economic rights. A recent study found denying women-often already mothers-a wanted abortion results in years of less employment & more family poverty.”

At a "Rise Up for Roe” event Saturday, Chelsea Clinton credited legalized abortion for helping add trillions of dollars to the U.S economy because women who had abortions were more inclined to enter the labor force:

"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.

"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."

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