“It’s un-Christian” to oppose the abortion of unborn children, former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton declared this week at a SiriusXM Town Hall.
Discussing the threat to the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion posed by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Clinton said:
“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. That’s unconscionable to me.
“And, also – and I’m sure this will unleash another wave of hate in my direction – but, as a deeply religious person, it’s also un-Christian, to me.”
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The former first daughter mentioned that she faced a lot of hatred last month for linking the legalization of abortion to economic improvement.
“American women entering the labor force from 1973 to 2009 added three and a half trillion dollars to our economy,” she said at the time. “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.”
Reverend Franklin Graham has condemned former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton’s claim that legalizing abortion has helped boost the U.S. economy by three and a half trillion dollars.
Ms. Clinton recently credited the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision for helping to add trillions to the U.S. economy because women began having abortions, freeing them to enter the work force.
In a post on his Facebook page, Rev. Graham refuted Clinton’s economic argument for abortion, comparing it to something Adolf Hitler might have claimed in defense of the mass murder of Jews:
“Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, claims that legalizing abortion added trillions of dollars to the economy. What a lie. Hitler probably also claimed that killing the Jews would be good for their economy.
“Legalizing abortion hasn’t added anything to our country, it has only taken away. It has cost this nation more than 60 million lives—lives precious to God. Just think of the contribution these people would have made.”
But, the cost of abortion is far greater than any economic loss, because abortion “is murder in God’s eyes,” Rev. Graham warns:
“There will be another high cost. I believe God will judge America for allowing the heinous murder of our own children in the womb. And to everyone who has had an abortion, that is murder in God’s eyes.
But I am happy to tell you the wonderful news that God will forgive you. He can take the shame and guilt you have been carrying around all these years and take it away if you are willing to turn to Him and put your faith and trust in His Son Jesus Christ.
Not only will He forgive you, He will save you for eternity—and you will be reunited one day in Heaven with that child.”
Reverend Graham also took to Twitter to express his dismay.
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Clinton doubled down on this claim Thursday, emphasizing that “our ability to participate fully in our society, including economically, hinges on our ability to be able to make choices for our bodies and our families.”
This is a transcript of her exchange with Rise Up for Roe’s moderator, Lauren Duca:
DUCA: I think that something we keep talking about is you use your voice in this way and you understand reproductive rights as essential and not something that can be dismissed as a social issue. Can you tell us your kind of argument for that and what we can carry with us when we’re hoping to recruit others in this fight?
CLINTON: I really resonate, Lauren, with how you and everyone on the stage has talked about this so far, because whether you fundamentally care about reproductive rights and access — because, again, these are not the same thing — if you care about social justice or economic justice, agency, you have to care about this, right?
It is not a disconnected fact — to address this t-shirt of 1973 — 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.
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.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
September 14th, 2018