Recently, Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams linked abortion to economic issues like inflation and the price of basic commodities. “Let’s be clear,” she argued. “Having children is why you’re worried about your price for gas… You can’t divorce being forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy from the economic realities of having a child.”
Suggesting we should kill unborn children for economic reasons is an atrocity, but those who link childrearing to economic realities are actually right. Just not in the way they realize.
As William McGurn recently pointed out in The Wall Street Journal, billions more people are alive now than 200 years ago… and yet the world has grown more prosperous, not less: “It’s time to reject the absurd calculus by which a country is said to get richer when a farmer’s cow gives birth to a calf but is poorer when a mother delivers a child.”
At root is worldview, whether humans are problems to be solved or sources of solutions.
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