Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams suggested Wednesday during an MSNBC appearance that in order to bear the economic pressure of rising prices, women need access to abortions.
For women, “abortion is an economic issue,” Abrams told “Morning Joe” host Mike Barnicle, in reference to how she’d address voters’ concerns about kitchen table issues, like the cost of gas and groceries.
.@staceyabrams says abortion can help address inflation issues: "Having children is why you’re worried about your price for gas, it’s why you’re concerned about how much food costs. For women, this is not a reductive issue." pic.twitter.com/BNHJWqKRpa
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“It’s been reduced to this idea of a culture war,” she continued. “But for women in Georgia, this is very much a question of whether they’re going to end up in poverty in the next five years because women who are forced to carry unwanted pregnancies end up within poverty — they’re four times more likely to be impoverished in five years.”
- “But let’s be clear. Having children is why you’re worried about your price for gas, it’s why you’re concerned about how much food costs. For women, this is not a reductive issue. You can’t divorce being forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy from the economic realities of having a child.”
- Pro-life advocates criticized Abrams’ comments on social media.
- “I can’t believe this needs to be said, but ending a human life is not the solution for inflation,” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tweeted in response to the “Morning Joe” segment.