Chelsea Clinton has responded to critics of her recent remarks linking Roe v. Wade and economic growth, saying that her words were misrepresented.
Earlier this month, Clinton spoke at a pro-choice event in New York City called “Rise Up For Roe” where she claimed that Roe v. Wade helped contribute trillions of dollars to the United States economy because it led to more women entering the workforce.
“American women entering the labor force from 1973 to 2009 added three-and-a-half trillion dollars to our economy,” said Clinton at the time.
“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.”
In response to a tweet from conservative filmmaker and author Dinesh D’Souza, Clinton stated that she was not claiming that having an abortion was good for the economy, but that women were more likely to enter the workforce due to the legalization of abortion.
“Hi Dinesh- not what I said. Foremost, protecting reproductive health rights protects women’s human rights & health,” tweeted Clinton on Saturday evening.
“From 1973-1985, American women’s deaths from abortion declined 5-fold. Reproductive rights are also about women’s economic rights and agency.”
Clinton added in another tweet that her original comments referred to “more women entering the workforce from 1970 on” and how this “wasn’t disconnected from their ability to make reproductive health care choices, including post Roe.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski