By Dennis M. Howard
Economic conservatives are worried about the runaway tax-and-spend potential
of President Obama’s health-care initiative. They
are worried that “before this thing is through, it could cost us $1.6
trillion and still not solve the health-care problem.”
But that’s not even half of the real story.
What they’re overlooking is the hidden cost of federal funding of abortion as
part of an “essential benefits package” that will be imposed on everyone
unless it is explicitly excluded from the legislation. Right now, the
Democrats are opposed to such an exclusion.
If the health-care bill passes without this exclusion, taxpayers will be
forced to pay for other people’s abortions whether they like it or not. And
the $1.6 trillion the eco-conservatives are worried about will only be the
tip of a very large iceberg.
That’s because abortion has a huge hidden economic cost. It’s the loss in
gross domestic product (GDP) represented by all those babies who never had a
chance to grow up to become the future workers, consumers, taxpayers and
parents the nation needs to sustain future economic growth.
This is something the younger generation better start worrying about. People
under 40 will still be paying taxes 30 to 50 years from now, so they will
take the biggest hit from this phenomenon. And because their numbers have
already been depleted by abortion, that means even
fewer shoulders on which to rest a much bigger burden.
We’ve already had more than 51.7 million abortions since 1970. That’s a
whopping 30.6 percent of our current under-40 population. If we had a war
that took that kind of toll, we would have run up the white flag decades ago.
The pro-aborts just don’t give up that easily.
What they don’t want to admit is that people are our country’s most important
renewable resource. Ever since Roe v.
Wade, we’ve been depleting that resource with abandon.
The hidden cost of those 51.5 million abortions has already reached an
estimated $35 trillion in lost GDP. Assuming a 33-percent tax rate, that’s
enough to pay off our entire current national debt with enough left over to
fund a vibrant economy.
If all those kids had lived, we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in.
Looking forward, the picture isn’t any brighter ... especially if we keep
subsidizing abortion. That’s exactly what the Democrats propose to do by
sending you the bill for other people’s abortions.
GDP per capita is now about $45,000 per year, and – until the current
slump – it was compounding at a rate of four percent per year. It is a
measure that includes everyone from the cradle to the grave. But every baby
we abort is one less contributor to GDP – not just for today, but for a
Every child we abort today will cost us about $23 million in future GDP over
a lifetime. And the bonus is that babies don’t compete for jobs with the rest
of us for their first 20 years. But they create jobs for everybody else –
doctors, nurses, teachers, homebuilders, toymakers, retailers – you name it.
If there ever was a major job killer, it is the baby-killing industry.
Yet all those nuts we send to Congress continue to subsidize Planned
Parenthood to the tune of $326 million a year.
That’s about $1,000 for every abortion Planned Parenthood performs. Now
Congress want to compound that by making you pay again ... and again ... and
So, unless abortion is explicitly excluded from Obama’s
health-care plan, get ready for even higher taxes. Whether it’s your abortion
or someone else’s, you’re going to get the bill.
Planned Parenthood estimates that the number of abortions will rise by 20–35
percent if the Obama health-care bill passes. That
will take abortions back to levels not seen since the mid-1980s. And that
means even bigger losses in future GDP.
Thanks to the magic of compounding, by 2040 to 2050, we’re already looking at
cumulative GDP losses of $335–500 trillion dollars just from abortion. Add
another 20–35 percent to that, and we’re talking about really big money.
That’s why I call “Obamacare” a fast track to
national suicide. It is far more significant than anything else that
threatens us this side of eternal damnation.
In his book Obamanomics,
John Talbott lists "25 Greatest Threats to our
Prosperity” and their potential costs. (Abortion oddly is not one of them!)
High on his list are “World Poverty" ($100 trillion), "Global
Warming" ($60 trillion), "Globalization’s Nasty Side Effects"
($60 trillion) ... all the way down to “Terrorism" ($5 trillion).
His terrorism tab is laughable. We’ve already exceeded it. And nearly all of
the others are based on numbers conjured up in someone’s imagination.
My estimates, on the other hand, are based on hard-rock numbers. GDP per
capita is a measure that is used universally throughout the world. Indeed, my
estimates are more conservative than those employed by government agencies in
the cost/benefit analyses they use to plan their spending.
But try telling that to some politician who firmly believes that abortion is
some kind of free lunch. Sure, it looks “free” to a guy who wants to avoid
the responsibility of paying 21 years of child support, but the baby’s only
crime is wanting to call him “Daddy” for the rest of
For the rest of us, it adds up to more of what we have been experiencing for
the last 35 years: declining personal incomes, a shrinking economy, lost
jobs, rising taxes, and less freedom as the Nanny State takes over more and
more of our personal lives.
In short, abortion is the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on the American
But you have a choice. If you want bigger tax bills, a grimmer future for
your children and grandchildren, and more government encroachment on your
right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, just go back to sleep
and forget you ever read this.
But if you are ready to fight this, come join us at We the
People Speak, our new non-partisan educational
campaign to restore common sense to American politics. Or join us on Facebook. Contact
your representatives by calling the U.S. Capitol switchboard: 202.224.3121.
And urge them to explicitly exclude funding for abortion from any health-care
Dennis Howard is president of the
Movement for a Better America, an ALL Associate group dedicated to pro-life
marketing communications and education. This commentary was originally
published on http://www.movementforabetteramerica.org
and is reprinted here with his kind permission. Dennis is a veteran
journalist and market researcher who began researching
abortion's economic impact in 1992. In 1994, based on long-term
demographic trends, he began forecasting the current economic
crisis. His forecasts have proven correct, starting in 2000 and
continuing until 2010 and beyond. Dennis frequently speaks and gives
interviews on this topic. Contact information: http://www.movementforabetteramerica.org; firstname.lastname@example.org;
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