From the NY Times Letters, Why Is Abortion Still a Political Issue?
To the Editor:
For some people, abortion is a nonnegotiable issue. A nation that runs out of people cannot perform the activities of a sophisticated society.
We have a shortage of primary care doctors. There are other skilled-worker shortages. You cannot kill the future population of a nation and then wonder why that nation does not have the people it needs to do the jobs it requires to function.
Our nation needs to face up to the 48 million lives lost through abortion since 1973. I think at least some of that number would have become the skilled people we need now and will need even more as our population ages.
Abortion is at the very center of a host of our troubles.
Carrollton, Tex., Dec. 7, 2008
It’s the fault of the women! It’s the fault of the women! It’s the fault of the women!
Why, it couldn’t possibly be the fault of the fundamental equalities that we face very day, particularly those oppressions based on sex, race, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability. It couldn’t possibly be the fault of lack of access to education thanks to exorbitant costs and a government that sees no need to subsidize the future, or a lack of quality pay and/or benefits in the fields in question, or a simple lack of desire to do the work required. All of that is ridiculous.
It’s the selfish women!
And by god, it’s impossible that if those “48 million lives” had been brought into the world, they would have followed the same employment trends as the rest of us, meaning that we’d have more doctors but still a shortage thanks to a higher population of people. And it’s not like women who have abortions tend to skew towards lower incomes, meaning that the percentage of those people actually able to reach the position of primary care physician would likely be even lower than it is now.
Goddamn those women!!!
And thank you Elinor Hite.