Georgia’s Democrat gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams suggested Tuesday that abortion is a viable solution to dealing with the costs of inflation.
When asked by MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” contributor Mike Barnicle what solutions she would bring as Georgia’s governor to address inflation, Abrams suggested aborting children is probably the best way to go.
“Let’s be clear. Having children is why you’re worried about your price for gas, it’s why you’re concerned about how much food costs,” Abrams said Tuesday, not realizing people without kids also pay for gas and food.
“For women, this is not a reductive issue. You can’t divorce being forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy from the economic realities of having a child. And so these are — it’s important for us to have ‘both and’ conversations. We don’t have the luxury of reducing it or separating them out.”
MSNBC’s Mike Barnicle: “While abortion is an issue, it nowhere reaches the level of interest of voters in terms of the cost of gas, food …”
Stacey Abrams (D): “You can’t divorce being forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy from the economic realities of having a child.” pic.twitter.com/kMjKyIGrWK
— The Recount (@therecount) October 19, 2022
Abrams went on to claim that abortion was an “economic issue,” claiming women who have unwanted pregnancies are much more likely to descend into poverty.
“Right now we are walking away so often from the real issues that people care about. Abortion is an economic issue. It’s been reduced to this idea of a culture war,” Abrams argued.
“But for women in Georgia, this is very much a question of whether they’re going to end up in poverty in the next five years because women who are forced to carry unwanted pregnancies end up within poverty — they’re four times more likely to be impoverished in five years.”
Abrams’ unhinged and delusional remarks were widely criticized on Twitter.
“I didn’t really expect Democrats to go with ‘you know, it’s cheaper to feed your family if you kill a few of them’ as a closing argument, yet here we are,” quipped National Review senior writer Dan McLaughlin.
I didn't really expect Democrats to go with "you know, it's cheaper to feed your family if you kill a few of them" as a closing argument, yet here we are. https://t.co/046A8cLYnh
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) October 19, 2022
I can’t believe this needs to be said, but ending a human life is not the solution for inflation. https://t.co/Ign36R3GzU
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 19, 2022
“I’m almost positive the Abrams campaign didn’t focus group ‘abort your children to manage the burden of inflation,’” author Noah Rothman noted.
I'm almost positive the Abrams campaign didn't focus group "abort your children to manage the burden of inflation."
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) October 19, 2022
"Abort your children because we can't fix inflation" is a one hell of a talking point….. https://t.co/ehxDd8rCOX
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) October 19, 2022
It’s time to stop letting the babies drive. https://t.co/YI0Gy80ZQq
— Emily Jashinsky (@emilyjashinsky) October 19, 2022
Abrams’ remarks, while extremely radical, are not surprising given she outright rejected the scientific consensus that a fetal heartbeat begins at around 6 weeks as a conspiracy theory.
“There is no such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks,” Abrams said last month. “It is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have the right to take control of a woman’s body.”
Year-over-year inflation is currently at 8.2%.
Watch the full Abrams segment: