Chelsea Clinton doubled down on her support for abortion after making controversial statements last month claiming that abortion added $3.5 trillion to the United States economy. During a SiriusXM Progress Town Hall, Clinton claimed it would be “un-Christian” to go back to a pre – Roe v. Wade era.
“When I think about all of the statistics, that are painful, of what women are confronting today in our country, and what even more women confronted pre- Roe, and how many women died, and how many more women were maimed because of unsafe abortion practices, we just can’t go back to that,” Clinton said.
“That’s unconscionable to me. And also, I’m sure that this will unleash another wave of hate in my direction, but as a deeply religious person, it’s also un-Christian to me.”
Clinton’s statements continue to perpetuate the myth that millions of women died from illegal abortions prior to Roe v. Wade — a false narrative that Sen. Dianne Feinstein also recently touted, which was immediately debunked by USA Today.
Feinstein claimed that between “200,000 to 1.2 million women” died from illegal abortions in the 1950s and 60s before the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.
In a speech last month for a “Rise Up for Roe” event, Clinton told attendees that Roe v. Wade has contributed to the U.S. economy:
“It is not a disconnected fact…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. So, I think, whatever it is that people say they care about, I think that you can connect to this issue.”