Chelsea Clinton’s claim that legalizing abortion boosted the U.S. economy isn’t just “very, very cold,” it’s “absolute idiocy,” Mark Levin said Wednesday on his nationally-syndicated radio show.
Levin was discussing a CNSNews.com report on recent comments made by the former First Daughter. On Saturday, Clinton claimed that the “Roe v. Wade” decision legalizing abortion helped add three and a half trillion to the U.S. economy:
"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."
“What she’s saying is abortion allowed women the freedom of being in the work force,” Levin responded, declaring Clinton’s claim cold-hearted “idiocy”:
“This is very cold - very, very cold. Abortion allowed women the freedom of working in the work force – or, as Andrew Cuomo might say, to be fully engaged.”
“Listen to how she talks about it: But for abortion – of course, she’s preposterous – but, for abortion so many women wouldn’t be in the work force and we wouldn’t have had three and a half trillion dollars in our economy – absolute, idiocy.”
Levin said his grandmother was a successful independent small businesswoman before “Roe” – and that millions of women with children are working today:
“You know what? My grandmother, God bless her, my mother’s mother, she was an independent small businesswoman, independent small businesswoman. There was no ‘Roe v. Wade,’ there weren’t all these government programs – and, even if there were, she wouldn’t have asked for a single, damn dime from any of them. It never would have occurred to her to go to some office and fill out paperwork for this, that and the other. It never would have occurred to her.
“She was a small businesswoman. She didn’t make a lot of money. She took care of her children. That’s it. Her children, her live flesh and blood. Children. She didn’t need ‘Roe v. Wade’ to enter the work force. She entered the work force, like tens of millions of women are doing today – with children.”
Levin also chided Clinton for invoking “equal rights” and “dignity” to promote abortion, noting that the aborted babies are afforded neither:
“Of course, we’ve got to throw out the phrases, ‘equal rights’ and ‘dignity.’ See, abortion is about ‘dignity’ – of course, not for the baby - it’s about death. It’s not about equal rights for the baby – it’s about death.”