By Micaiah Bilger
Planned Parenthood CEO Alexis McGill Johnson claimed Wednesday that the legalized killing of unborn babies in abortions is good government as she discussed the midterm election results.
The election brought mixed results on abortion, with disappointing state ballot measures in California, Vermont, Michigan and Kentucky; but pro-life Republicans won control of the U.S. House and a number of important state races. Several cities in Nebraska and Texas also passed local ordinances to protect unborn babies by banning abortions.
Johnson, who runs the billion-dollar abortion chain, said pro-life advocates did not win more victories because voters were angry that the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade this summer, according to U.S. News and World Report.
“Abortion may have saved democracy is what happened, in my opinion,” Johnson said at the U.S. News forum on health and the economy. “What we saw last Tuesday is voters who really hadn’t had a chance to express their outrage with the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs in June.”
However, pro-abortion groups consistently and vastly outspend the pro-life side on elections. This year, they used their money and influence to misinform voters about candidates and ballot initiatives across the country. Planned Parenthood alone spent at least $50 million on the midterm elections.
On Wednesday, Johnson said Planned Parenthood, which has a financial interest in keeping abortion on demand legal, will keep fighting at the state and national level to make abortion a constitutional “right” again. Her organization’s most recent annual report showed a record number of abortions (383,460) and a record revenue ($1.7 billion).
“We’re going to continue to fight to get back into the Constitution because that’s where we belong, and that’s the work ahead of us,” Johnson continued, according to the report.
She said many voters see abortion as a financial issue as well as a right because it affects women’s futures, including their career and education.
“From an economy perspective, we also know that abortion bans and restrictions cost the U.S. economy $105 billion a year, a significant toll when, again, you don’t have the opportunity to make these choices about your own lives,” Johnson said, according to the report.
But abortions always involve two lives, the mother and her unborn baby, and babies in the womb are unique, living human beings who deserve a right to life. There are better ways to help pregnant mothers who are struggling with finances or jobs than pushing them to end the life of their child; both the woman and her baby deserve support.
Research indicates abortion has hurt the American economy. In the past 50 years, more than 63 million unborn babies were aborted under Roe v. Wade. A report earlier this year by the U.S. Congressional Joint Economic Committee Republicans found that abortions actually cause a catastrophic economic loss, including approximately $6.9 trillion in 2019 alone.
Now, Americans are suffering from inflation and workplace shortages, failing Social Security and a massive national debt, all of which these children could have contributed toward if they had not been killed in abortions.
However, the overturning of Roe has led to progress in the U.S. Currently, 14 states are enforcing pro-life laws that prohibit or strictly limit the killing of unborn babies in abortions. New research estimates these laws already have saved as many as 10,000 unborn babies’ lives.