Former first daughter-turned-political activist Chelsea Clinton claimed that the landmark Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision, which legalized abortion, helped add $3.5 trillion to the U.S. economy.
Clinton was speaking at the kick-off at the Rise Up For Roe Tour on Saturday in New York City, which is being sponsored by the Demand Justice Initiative, NARAL Pro-Choice America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, who banded together to oppose the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.
“Whether you kind of fundamentally care about reproductive rights and access, right, because again these are not the same thing — if you care about social justice or economic justice, agency — you have to care about this,” she said. “It is not a disconnected fact … that American women entering the labor force from 1970 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,” Clinton continued “So, I think, whatever it is that people say they care about, I think that you can connect to this issue. 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, some of these other arguments that you’re hearing expressed so beautifully will be.”
Clinton didn’t cite the $3.5 trillion dollar figure, which the media has left unchallenged, but it would probably be more than offset by the net benefit to the economy of the estimated 60 million people who would be in the workforce if not for Roe v. Wade.