From “Abortion Costs Us $9 Trillion,” Ardee Coolidge, March 23, 2017
How much is a human life worth? Think about it long and hard. It’s impossible to put a monetary value on a human life. The only answer is PRICELESS. Unfortunately, there are those who argue that some lives are more valuable than others due to things like sex, race, creed, nationality, or disability and they are rightly criticized by society. But every day, corporations, activists, and individuals are asked to consider this very question and make life-altering decisions.
For Planned Parenthood, the value of an unborn human life is approximately $500, the average cost of one of their abortions. But is that a fair economic exchange for a baby’s life? The Department of Transportation has found that, as a nation, America is willing to spend $9.1 million to save an individual life (based on calculating a wide variety of variables including the costs of preventive medicine, safety devices, average salaries, etc). That means we have decided that the economic and social contributions of an individual American are worth more than $9 million.
One study found that during the first year of a baby’s life, more than $6,000 is spent (e.g. economic activity is generated) for things like diapers, wipes, strollers, and other baby items. There are about 1,000,000 abortions a year, that is $6 billion of lost economic activity per year as a result of abortion! And more than $9 trillion (yes, trillion with a “t”) of lost economic activity during their lifetimes (again, from just one year’s worth of abortions).
Major corporations like Johnson & Johnson, Adobe, Boeing, and Bath & Body Works, operate against their own self interests by financially supporting the efforts of Planned Parenthood, an organization that reduces the number of customers, employees, and innovators entering the economy and creating wealth. By supporting Planned Parenthood, these corporations (especially Johnson & Johnson a leading creator of baby related products) display hostility to their very economic future, not just unborn life.
The bottom line is abortion is wreaking havoc on our economy.
For a woman facing unplanned pregnancy, considering the lifetime economic impact of an unborn life never comes into play. For many women, a $500 abortion sounds preferable to raising a baby in an abusive relationship, dropping out of college, raising a child as a single mother, or any of the host of other concerns pregnant women face. It is no wonder that 75% of women cite a financial concern as the reason for their abortion. There are pregnancy resource centers from coast to coast that offer women the compassion, hope, and help and the truth necessary to be able to carry their children to term and pursue their dreams.
Organizations that rely on abortion revenue, like Planned Parenthood, do not provide many prenatal care and parenting resources to their clients. A woman who feels she has all she needs to raise her baby is far less likely to pay $500 for an abortion.
So then, what is the answer to the value of a human life? Those who support life know that it is impossible to predict the value of a child’s life, financially or culturally. We embrace the mystery what every blip on the fetal heartbeat monitor represents. We recognize that each unborn child has the potential to cure cancer, become president, or otherwise make history. It is this potential that causes even estimates like those of the Department of Transportation to ultimately fail. We know from experience that none of these outcomes can be determined for the child by his or her parents, doctors, or even the place of his or her birth, but are dependent on choices the child will make during his or her lifetime—choices that child deserves the right to make. Ironically, the very organizations that deny the right of these unborn lives to choose who they will become have the audacity to claim that they are the ones who are “pro-choice.”
A human life, whether it is sheltered within its mother’s womb or facing an unplanned pregnancy, is immeasurably valuable and worthy of our protection, compassion, hope, and help. And that, friends, is something money can’t buy.