In the best-selling book Freakonomics, the authors assert that crime went down in the late 80’s and 90’s because fewer criminals were born, thanks to abortion being legalized in the 70’s. Once abortion was legalized, fewer low-income, unwanted children were born into situations that would likely make them criminals. This is intuitive. It is also a good thing for society.
As abortion rights are currently under attack and being restricted state by state, be prepared for more unwanted births to single mothers in poverty. This has consequences for all of us:
1) more children in poverty. This means a strain on schools and public services.
2) more children and families on welfare. This means more taxes for everyone.
3) more unwanted children in stressed-out families, which means more child abuse
4) more children not supported in school, which means more dropouts. This means more gangs, crime, drugs. This means more people in prison, which means more taxes.
5) more people overall means more competition for jobs, and higher unemployment. Again, this means higher taxes. It also creates more racism, as people blame people of other ethnicities for “taking all the jobs.”
There are many who say abortion is unethical. This depends on your criteria for ethical behavior. If you believe that criteria for ethics should be based on the greatest good for the greatest number of people, then obviously society is burdened by large numbers of children living in poverty and would be better off if every child is a wanted and well-cared for child.
To blindly say that every unborn life is precious and should be brought in to the world, even if there are not adequate resources for billions more people, and while the planet is straining from overpopulation, is not upholding the greatest good for the greatest number of people.