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Add this to the list of things people don’t usually talk about when they talk about abortion

March 20, 2013

I’ve long held the theory – somewhat controversial – that should Roe v. Wade be overturned the Deep South would find itself bankrupt within a decade. All those extra babies would cost the taxpayers lots of extra money.

First there’s the cost of many more women needing prenatal care. Then there’s the actual costs of childbirth. Next early childhood education. Then school. And so on, and so on. You get the idea. And the fact is that many of the women and children needing this new care would be poor, so the state would be on the hook.

Of course I realize that this probably ins’t the most appealing way to look at the issue of abortion, but that doesn’t change the truth of it. And seeing this article from the New York Times convinces me that I was probably right.

The great state of Texas, which has been cutting family planning services for years – in large part because they are seen by many conservatives to encourage abortion – is starting to rethink that position.

Now, amid estimates that the cuts could lead to 24,000 additional 2014-15 births at a cost to taxpayers of $273 million,  lawmakers are seeking a way to restore financing without ruffling feathers.

Like I said, babies cost taxpayers money – whether they like to think about it that way or not.

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