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The Economics of Abortion

By August 31, 2011 the abortion toll will reach . . .


If THIS Doesn't Shock You, Wait Until You See the Bill!

Most people are shocked to learn that there have been 54.5 million abortions in the United States since abortion was decriminalized in Colorado in 1967. A recent poll showed that even a majority of pro-choice people in New York City are shocked by the numbers.

However, we don't post these numbers to shock anyone. We do so to invite people to think about the implications for their own future and the future of the country. They affect all of us as family members, taxpayers, and citizens of the most extraordinary society that has ever graced the face of the earth.

Yes, we have endured traumatic times before. They almost always involved fundamental principles of law and justice . . . like life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Slavery and the Civil War are perhaps the best examples. But World War II and the long Cold War qualify, too. At stake in each case were the fundamental principles in which we believe.

At 29, Lincoln warned that if America died from anything, it would be failure from within. Years later he said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration, by any extreme of wickedness or folly, can very seriously injure the government in the short space of four years."
That view is certainly being tested now, as it has been by other corrupt administrations in the past. But it is the other element in Lincoln's comment that should unnerve us: that, by killing our own unborn children, we are rapidly losing our claim to virtue and vigilance.

Let's be honest. Even slavery — as awful as it was — pales in comparison to the evil of abortion. At its peak, slavery affected the lives of perhaps 3 million blacks. We have already ended the lives of 6 times that many blacks in four decades of abortion; and 18 times that many unborn children of all races and colors.

Slavery never even came close to doing that.

The loss of lives and of faith can also be seen in our churches today. Just look at all the empty pews and you will see a missing generation — many lost because they are no longer among us . . . plus many more who have lost faith in a world that values life so little.

Those who justified slavery often did so on economic terms. Without the low cost labor of slaves, the agrarian economy of the South could not survive, they said. Yet, in fact it did. A century and a half later, the South is far more prosperous than it ever would have been if slavery had survived.

By contrast, abortion today threatens our very survival as a nation.

Just look at the numbers: 54.5 million abortions represent 30% of the under-45 generation. If they were still around today, that segment of our economy would be 43% larger — providing needed impetus for new household formation, housing, education, automobiles, electronics, clothing, agricultural products, healthcare.

Moreover, half of them would still be in school creating jobs for other people. We'd need millions more teachers, nurses, doctors, workers and small businesses of all kinds. We estimate the total at 1.4 million more new businesses and 21 million more jobs.

We are also losing something else — an investment in our own future. How many future leaders in government, business, the arts, religion were in that 54.5 million? How many more scientists, business people, workers, consumers, taxpayers would have been born except for abortion? The myth that they would all end up on welfare is insane.

And please make sure you count the missing parents of still another generation! Because our under-45 generation has a huge hole in it, the next one will have one, too. It's the inevitable "echo effect" of any negative demographic shift. It goes on and on, and it causes the kind of negative compounding that brings down civilizations.

That's why management maven Peter Drucker called "the collapsing birth rate in the developed world" the most important management challenge of the 21st Century. "In fact," he said, "Japan and all of Southern Europe . . . are drifting toward national suicide by the end of the 21st Century."
There is nothing new about this. The former Soviet Union was the first to collapse — not because of Ronald Reagan — but because they were aborting 300 babies for every 100 live births for decades. You can't do that and remain strong as a country.

Even China won't escape the crisis — not because its economy is so closely linked to ours, but because their demographic crisis is even worse than ours. Their youth population is shrinking faster than ours because of their 1-child per family policy, and their aging population is 5 or 6 times larger than ours. You'll know they've hit the wall when they begin euthanizing the elderly faster than they have been killing the unborn.

So that's why we post these numbers. It is to remind us all that there is no way to sustain a growth economy in a society where the demographic pie keeps shrinking the way it has — decade after decade — for 50 years.

This is also the source of our conflict with the Muslim world, where the average rate of natural increase is 5 or 6 times what it is for countries in the West. The truth is: If we keep killing our babies, they'll bury us. It is only a matter of time, unless we decide to change.

Lincoln was right. We need to get to work "restoring our virtue and our vigilance, and ending these extremes of wickedness and folly," or there may well be hell to pay.

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Dennis Howard is a veteran journalist and market researcher, who founded The Movement for a Better America as a pro-life think tank in 1995. From 1994 on, he correctly predicted a major economic collapse caused by the mounting abortion toll in America, and correctly dated it as starting in 2000 and extending through 2010 and 2020. Dennis has been writing since 1950. He is available for print, radio & television interviews. Contact him at [email protected]
Dennis Howard, Movement for a Better America, Inc.

[21 Aug 2011 e-letter]