I am a voter who votes for Pro-Life candidates. I have been called a single issue voter and an uninformed voter because I don't look at all the issues affecting our country when I vote. Both of these statements are false. Putting aside the ethical and moral issues with "pro-choice" candidates there are compelling reasons to vote for pro-life candidates. Because of my pro-life voting I am voting for a strong economy, increased jobs, against child abuse, and against racism. I'll cover these points individually.
One of the reasons given for abortion is that it will make each child a "wanted" child. If that is the case why is it that in 2009 there were 3.3 million reported cases of child abuse affecting 6 million children? (childhelp.org) This is over and above the 54 million babies that have been aborted since 1973. (Michigan Right to Life 2012) Michigan alone in 2010 had 23,307 abortions (Michigan Right to Life 2012). I would assume that killing a child is a form of child abuse.
The African-American population is 12.6 percent of the U.S. population (2010 U.S. Census). African American women are 13 percent of the female population of the U.S. but they account for 30 percent of all U.S. abortions (Guttmacher Institute 2008). In Michigan, African-American women had 44 percent of the 23,307 abortions preformed in our state (Michigan Department of Community Health 2010). To me this sounds like genocide.
Strong Economy, More Jobs
Since 1973 there have been 54 million abortions in the United States (National Right to Life 2012). This means that there are 54 million less people to buy groceries, buy cars, own homes, rent apartments, have children, save money, spend money, pay taxes, pay into our Social Security system, and go to work. The economic impact of this is incalculable. The children who were aborted in 1973 would have been 39 years old this year, they would be in the middle of their peak earning years. I think that our economy could use their contributions.
One single example will illustrate the effect of just the number of abortions preformed in the state of Michigan in 2010. In 2010 there were 23,307 abortions preformed in the state of Michigan (Michigan Right to Life). Because of this in 2015 there will be 23,307 less children starting school in our state. For Federal Year 2012 the foundation grant for each child attending the majority of Michigan public schools is $6,846, some schools are higher, none are less (State of Michigan Financial Aid Report F. Y. 2012).
23,307 children x $6,846 = $159,559,722 lost to the state of Michigan public schools per year for 13 years (K through 12th grade).
Figuring 30 kids per classroom that is 776.9 teaching jobs lost for 13 years.
This is just one facet of the economic impact of abortion on the economy of just our state, multiply this times 50 states times 39 years.
These are some of the reasons why calling me and others like me a single issue voter is wrong.
Larry D. Johnson