They’re connected how?

From a letter to the editor in today’s Argus-Leader: “[W]e would have plenty of money in our Social Security system if it were not for all the abortions.”

Sorry, not only do I fail to see the logic, I don’t even see the connection. Medicare covers the cost of an abortion only in limited circumstances: if the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or incest, or the woman suffers a physical disorder, injury, or illness that would place her in danger of death unless an abortion is performed. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to quickly locate any source indicating how much Medicare spent on abortions during any particular time period.

Moreover, there are separate trust funds and tax rates for Social Security retirement and disability benefits and Medicare. But why let facts stand in the way if you can invoke the abortion hot button to support changes in Social Security?

1 comment to They’re connected how?

  • When I saw this letter my take on it was that if all the abortions since Row v. Wade had never taken place there would be more people alive paying SS tax. All these additional tax payers and their taxes would keep the system solvent longer. This could also would be an argument to allow unrestricted immigration into the US.