Hattip to Guy Benson at Hot Air. An argument that has been part of the pro-abort playbook since Roe is that abortion reduces welfare costs:
The CBO has also concluded that aborting babies at 20 weeks or later in pregnancy saves money for the government-run federal-state Medicaid system. The CBO made these determinations when doing its official “Cost Estimate” of a federal bill that would prohibit abortions at 20 weeks or later into pregnancy (except in cases of reported rape, incest against a minor or to save the life of the mother). “Because the costs of about 40 percent of all births are paid for by the Medicaid program, CBO estimates that federal spending for Medicaid will rise to the extent that enacting H.R. 1797 results in additional births and deliveries relative to current law,” says CBO. “H.R. 1790 would result in increased spending for Medicaid,” says CBO. “Since a portion of Medicaid is paid for by state governments, CBO estimates that state spending on the program would increase by about $170 million over the 2014-2023 period.
Go here to read the rest. When the late Congressman Henry Hyde first proposed the Hyde Amendment one of his adversaries in the House made precisely this argument. Hyde freely conceded the point with a devastating: “It is always cheaper to kill them.” Bravo Mr. Hyde, but I wonder. Nothing is ever cost free in this vale of tears and producing a society where one-quarter of our kids are slain each year in utero has not put us on the path of fiscal responsibility, quite the reverse. What abortion does say about our society, along with many other terrible things, is that we are a culture that will even kill our offspring if we can be spared from the consequences of our actions. The abortion mindset does not exist in a vacuum. The flight from consequences, duty and responsibilities, all those hard parts of life that can ennoble ourselves and our civilization, is a widespread reaction today in many spheres of life, which is why we are bankrupt, morally and fiscally, as a nation. Live for the moment means that someone down the road is going to have a hard time, usually the ones we should love and protect. One individual doing this is a disgrace; an entire society doing it is a disaster.