The assertion that, by eliminating a population through abortion, one no longer has to spend money to feed or clothe that population, ignores the fact that one thereby destroys a population that will work. At a loss of over 400,000 persons per year that would have otherwise become members of society, over 40 years total, about 15 million persons have been lost because of abortion’s legalization. Hence, approximately 10 million workers have been eliminated by abortion.1) Of these 10 million, approximately 5 million would be of age to actively participate in the labor force today. Without legalized abortion, over 5 million additional people would be part of the current labor force. This is a substantial fraction of the present labor force of 150 million workers.
Legalizing abortion causes a loss of between $70 billion and $135 billion of economic activity (valued work) each year in the United States.2) Suppose an income tax rate of 15 to 25 percent.3) Between $10 billion and $33 billion is lost presently in annual tax revenue. This is a significantly larger loss than the less than $2 billion of public funds some estimate abortion “saves.”4) This cost of abortion legalization does not capture the non-labor costs of legalizing abortion, like the medical costs of rising STD rates.