Earlier this week, the Wisconsin State Assembly pushed through a bill that would prevent state employee health plans from covering abortions, except in the case of rape, incest, or if the mother’s life is in danger. But according to Wisconsin GOP Rep. Scott Allen, that’s not good enough.
“Often in public debates people are afraid to say it, but let me just say it: Abortion is wrong,” Allen said on the assembly floor in Madison according to WIZM. “Although it may be legal we should in no way shape or form should we provide public funding for abortion.”
It’s a sentiment heard many times before from pro-life politicians. But then Allen made his argument from an economic perspective.
“Labor force shortages are tied to population declines. Labor force shortages are a limiting factor in economic growth,” he said. “And limited economic growth poses a problem when government tries to pay for public services and infrastructure. In spite of this Mr. Speaker, ironically, the Democrats continue their effort to support the abortion industry.”
In sum, Allen is arguing that women should be forced to give birth for the sake of the labor market.
Video of Allen’s words were shared by NARAL Pro-Choice America on Twitter, and the outrage was palpable. Some compared Allen’s words to the Margaret Atwood novel The Handmaid’s Tale, a dystopian story which explores themes about women subject to misogyny in a patriarchal society.
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— Seamus Byrne (@seamus) November 3, 2017
— SueStew (@PatentlySue) November 3, 2017
Others slammed Allen for suggesting that women should be forced to operate as baby factors aimed at improving economic growth.
I've been saying for YEARS that Republicans only care about abortion & birth control so they can get cheap labor. Republican WI Rep. Scott Allen has no qualms about saying it on the floor. https://t.co/9t5WCCMLDK
— Edan Clay (@EdanClay) November 4, 2017
Fascism! This is what Hitler and the Nazis used to do. Mothers used to get gold badges for multiple births.
— Deborah Griffith (@Debs362436) November 4, 2017
Ban Male masturbation. Men should be forced to save sperm for procreation "for the sake of the labor markets."' Makes just as much sense.
— On The Case Man (@OnTheCaseMan) November 4, 2017
Republican, or Islamic State? It's hard to tell extremists apart
— Oor Deb (@homelesshorse) November 4, 2017
According to the Capital Times in Wisconsin, the state Department of Employee Trust Funds already specifies that it will only cover abortions for “medically necessary” procedures. But this bill takes that a step further and makes sure “medically necessary” is clearly and concretely defined.
Democrats in the Wisconsin State Assembly tried to add two amendments to the bill — one to clarify that the measure would not impede the use of contraception, and another to get rid of the requirement that the victim of sexual assault or incest report the crime to law enforcement before being eligible for an abortion. Both amendments were rejected; those votes also were split strictly on party lines.
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