Over a week ago, many Americans were stunned when a leaked document from the Supreme Court showed the Justices leaning towards overturning Roe v. Wade. Already a landmark decision in America, Democrats and liberal activists stormed the streets to voice their disdain and to declare they were “never going back” as so many signs read. While there is still yet to be an official ruling on the matter, the issue of abortion has taken over both D.C. and the mainstream media. Although many have given their opinion on the matter, Joe Biden’s Treasury Secretary had an interesting take on why abortion needs to be legal.
In the video, which is featured below, the secretary, Janet Yellen, suggested, during a Senate Banking Committee hearing, that one of the reasons abortion should be and remain legal is because a reduction would be “very damaging” for the economy, saying, “Denying women access to abortion increases their odds of living in poverty or need for public assistance.” She added, “In many cases, the abortions are of teenage women, particularly low-income and often black who aren’t in a position to be able to care for children, have unexpected pregnancies, and it deprives them of the ability, often, to continue their education, to later participate in the workforce, so there is a spillover into labor force participation. It does mean the children will grow up in poverty and do worse themselves.”
Republican Senator Tim Scott, like most, was taken back by the statement. “I’m just surprised that we find ways to weave into every facet of our lives such an important and painful reality for so many people to make it sound like it’s just another .4% added to our labor force participation as a result of the issue of abortion just to me, seems harsh?”
While the Senator might be surprised, when talking to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, political commentator, Candace Owens didn’t hide what she believed was the real agenda behind Yellen’s words. She said, “So when they’re talking about that economic [impact], if [this decision is] allowed to be implemented [and] people just start having babies, they are talking about people that they deem to be undesirable and unfit, which will place a burden on finances. And so, I actually find her to be the most honest about this, and I encourage people to go look through history and understand that that’s their concern. You’re not a desirable person; they don’t want you being born. That’s the answer.”
Following Senator Scott’s response, he also tweeted the video of Yellen’s comment with the caption, “The American Dream is one of hope and opportunity. We should be having conversations about economic policies that ensure everyone—including single moms and their kids—have access to that dream. Sec. Yellen’s comments today don’t meet that mark.”