Abortion takes a toll, human and financial

by Pam Mullarkey

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Have you ever considered the economic impact of a decision made 37 years ago?

Since 1973, 50.2 million babies have been aborted in the U.S, far exceeding all the Americans killed in all the wars combined since America began. Combine that with the children and grandchildren that will never be born because of generations being wiped out through abortion.

Because there are fewer and fewer workers supporting a growing retiree population, both Social Security and Medicare face future bankruptcy.

Lawmakers can raise taxes or cut benefits, but not make up the economic impact of 50.2 million lives lost to abortion. The loss of lives means not only the loss of their productivity and their taxes, but also new ideas, inventions, cures, industries, jobs and an increased standard of living for all.

Plus many would now be parents of future workers?

Abstinence programs

Now let’s examine the economics of teen sex. Lack of teen abstinence programs leads to promiscuity, leading to unwed pregnancies, leading to abortions.

Planned Parenthood and those in the abortion industry have fought abstinence education since its inception.

The many studies that show reduction in sexual activity are never mentioned by the media. Neither is the reduction in teen birth and abortions to the lowest level in 30 years, nor the taxpayer savings of $6.9 billion annually.

Could it be financial profits that drive Planned Parenthood and others to fight against good health practices for our youth? When teens become sexually active, they go to Planned Parenthood (without parental consent) for their birth control, their STD exams, their STD medications and, eventually, their abortions.

‘Consequences’

But let’s count the costs of sexual activity to our taxpayers and families.

Teens who become sexually active suffer costly consequences: Females have three times higher rates of suicide and depression, and males have eight times higher rates of suicide and two times higher rates of depression.

Both males and females are more likely to take drugs and drink alcohol.

The economic impact of teen sexual activity on our taxpayers: $19 billion annually for STDs, $30,000 per teen for drug/alcohol treatment, $25,000 per teen for incarceration and suicide takes a life of a future productive worker.

Why would any nation not financially support successful programs that teach teens the skills to become abstinent from sexual activity, drugs, alcohol, suicide and violence?

The majority of teens in high schools choose abstinence so they don’t have to worry about aborting, keeping or putting babies up for adoption, and they are free to fulfill their goals and dreams.

We need to support abstinence in every way possible: in the media, through legislation and through our finances.

Unfortunately, the media, the president and Congress are eliminating abstinence support in favor of their cronies like Planned Parenthood who help finance their campaigns.

If we really want to save money, we will support saving lives through helping our teens make healthy life choices.

Pam Mullarkey, Jacksonville, is founder and CEO of Project SOS.

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