“What does it cost to have a baby? On your body, on your livelihood, and not just you, but your states in this country?” asked host Katy Tur while introducing the topic in the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.
Kent reported, “Many economists and social scientists are telling us that the economic consequences of abortion restrictions are devastating for both individuals and wider society.”
She lamented that motherhood “koste” billions of dollars per year because it “reduces the labor force participation rate,” en “drives down earning power.”
Sy het gese, “Birthing people who are seeking an abortion and have to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term are four times likelier to live below the federal poverty level, according to the University of California at San Francisco.”
“In that amicus brief in the Dobbs case, 150 economists argued that Roe is ‘causally connected to women’s advancement in social and economic life,'” Kent added.
“And you’ll remember, Secretary Janet Yellen recently said access to abortion rights directly impacts the educational levels of birthing people as well of their future earnings which all of the data is bearing out here,” vervolg sy.
Kent said, “If the birthing parent is able to travel and if they work for the right company and are seeking an abortion – more individuals we’re seeing are going to have to rely on their employer, reg, for that financial support to carry that out.”