Why Not Ban Abortion Almost Entirely?

Since Roe v. Wade effectively took the abortion question — raised politically during the heyday of 1970s’ feminism, which never stopped to consider that there might be adverse future consequences from such a drastic policy change — away from voters and legislators, Americans have been dealing with the fallout ever since. Moral, physical, political, you name it: abortion has become for contemporary America what slavery was more than a century ago.

But there are far more ramifications to abortion than simply women’s “choice.” The effect it’s had on American demographics has been both stunning and deleterious, for both blacks (whose babies are aborted at an astronomical rate) and whites. I’ve long said that the proper argument to be made against abortion at this point is not moral (although that remains) but financial: every woman who voluntarily foregoes children is cheating the Social Security/Medicare system, which depends on future taxpayers to pay for today’s beneficiaries. In other words, if you’ve chosen pets over kids, then you ought to pay Social Security taxes for Fido and however many cats you own. Fair’s fair.