Previous studies have shown that banning abortion doesn’t actually result in less women having abortions: women instead travel to where abortions are legal or turn to DIY solutions and underground abortion providers.
Because the first option costs money and the second is often unsafe, the end result of Alabama’s abortion ban is likely to be the injuries and deaths of several women, all of whom are disproportionately likely to be poorer than average.
But let’s say Alabama’s abortion ban did persuade more woman to go through with an unwanted pregnancy. What happens to the state’s economy?
Well, more babies would be born each year. Those babies may grow up to be pleased they’re around. Society as a whole may be pleased they’re around too if those kids grow up to become the next Einstein or Beyonce or even just a productive member of society who works hard and pays their taxes.
In the case of women who would have had abortions, this penalty is likely to be compounded. For one, they’re less likely to be in a stable long-term relationship (83 percent of US women who get abortions are unmarried). A partner can not only bring in an additional salary but be the best antidote to the motherhood wage drop, if they take on an equal share of the caregiving.
… most of us live in a home of friends, family, or with a partner. Our homes are like mini-economies, with their own systems of dividing up work, providing resources, and exchanging skill-sets. Not only do these affect our ideas of who does what on a wider scale, our homes themselves and where they’re located have an effect on the economy around us, and the economy we experience.