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NBC Reporter Says ‘Economic Impact’ of ‘Birthing People’ Unable to Abort is ‘Devastating’


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NBC News correspondent Jo Ling Kent called pregnant women a “people birth” and discussed the dire “economic consequences” of not having abortion available Monday on MSNBC’s “Katy Tur Reports.”

“What does it cost to have a baby? On your body, on your livelihood, and not just on you, but on your states in this country?” asked host Katy Tur as she introduced the topic following the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade.

Kent reported, “Many economists and social scientists tell us that the economic consequences of abortion restrictions are devastating for individuals and society at large.”

She lamented that motherhood “costs” billions of dollars a year because it “reduces labor market participation” and “lowers earning capacity”.

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She said: “People who give birth and seek an abortion and have to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term are four times more likely to live below the federal poverty level, according to the University of California, San Francisco.”

“In this amicus brief in the Dobbs case, 150 economists argued that Roe was ‘causally linked to the advancement of women in social and economic life,'” Kent added.

“And you will recall that Secretary Janet Yellen recently said that access to abortion rights has a direct impact on the level of education of people who give birth as well as on their future income, which all the data confirms. here,” she continued.

Kent said: “If the birth parent is able to travel and if they work for the right company and are looking for an abortion – more people that we see are going to have to rely on their employer, aren’t they, for that financial support carries that out.”

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NBC Reporter Says ‘Economic Impact’ of ‘Birthing People’ Unable to Abort is ‘Devastating’

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Kent cited several companies that have pledged to pay for employee travel expenses in the event of an abortion.

“It makes financial sense for them to provide these benefits to retain their workers,” she noted, adding, “It’s a very interesting and very urgent landscape in terms of the real economic impact.”

Tur replied that the women who get these benefits are “the lucky ones”.

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Former President Trump has won praise from Republicans, such as Sen. Lindsey Graham, RS.C., for his role in nominating the justices that ultimately upset Roe against Wade. Graham said Trump “deserved the lion’s share of the credit.”

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