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Chelsea Clinton speaks at 'Rise Up for Roe' event Aug 11, 2018.SCN News / screen grab

NEW YORK CITY, August 15, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton offered an unconventional defense of Roe v. Wade over the weekend, during an event dedicated to supporting the 1973 Supreme Court decision that forced every state to allow abortion-on-demand. 

CNS News reports that during her remarks Saturday, Clinton claimed even people unconcerned about preserving legal abortion on “equal rights and dignity” grounds should appreciate the fact “that American women entering the labor force from 1973 to 2009 added three and a half trillion dollars to our economy.”

“The net, new entrance of women – that is not disconnected from the fact that Roe became the law of the land in January of 1973,” she argued. “So, I think, whatever it is that people say they care about, I think that you can connect to this issue.”

The daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton was the special guest of the “Rise Up for Roe” Tour’s August 11 stop in New York City. The nationwide tour is a joint project of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, NARAL, and the Demand Justice Initiative. Other guests include Democratic politicians Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Gov. Jennifer Granholm, top abortion lobbyists Cecile Richards and Ilyse Hogue, actress Alyssa Milano, and pro-abortion writer Jessica Valenti.

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The campaign is predicated on pro-abortion fears (and pro-life hopes) that President Donald Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, will provide the long-awaited fifth vote to overturn Roe and allow American voters to decide abortion laws for themselves. A promotional video features left-wing comedian Samantha Bee declaring that “now is the exact time to get maximum hysterical,” and ShareBlue media executive Jess McIntosh insisting it’s “not hyperbolic” to say that “if we overturn Roe v. Wade, American women will die.”

At the Washington Examiner, Becket Adams pounced on Clinton’s comments, responding by noting two negative economic impacts of abortion, the “drain that the average cost of obtaining an abortion ($300 – $800) has been on the U.S economy,” and the “cost of eliminating an estimated 60 million persons from the national workforce.” 

Almost half of all births are girls, as well, indicating that Roe also kept nearly 30 million females from being born in the first place.

Beyond the economic accuracy of Clinton’s claims, Adams found her focus “unsettling.”

“To endorse it as a money-generator is one step away from endorsing termination-for-profit,” he wrote. “And why not? If Roe added $3.5 trillion to the economy, then let's up those numbers! Let's do it and be rich! If personal profit is the real game – well, at least Clinton is being honest. So much for safe, legal, and rare.”