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  • Writer's pictureDr. Colin Harris


Updated: Nov 4, 2022


On Friday, June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court overturned the long-standing precedent by reversing the 1973 Roe v. Wade landmark decision, which provided federal constitutional protection for women choosing to have an abortion. The question is, why did the conservative justices vote to overturn Roe v. Wade? Follow the money. What influence does money have on the supreme court and the decisions it renders? Traditionally, in America, whatever the wealthy donors, corpor­a­tions, and special interest groups want, they generally get.

In the United States, the elites and corporate donor influences Military Spending, Healthcare, Immigration, and other policies affecting many human and social issues. This indicates that we have moved from a democratic society to a state of corporatocracy where our leaders are political commodities to be bought and sold to the highest bidder.

I would like to put forward a personal theory that explains the impact of money on one of the most polarizing political issues in the United States today – Abortion. I believe there is a financial incentive for taking the anti-abortion stance because childbirth is big business in America. You might wonder, how is it possible for the rich and powerful to further enrich themselves by banning abortion? Please allow me to explain.

The average cost for an abortion in the United States is around $750.00. So, if a woman walks into an abortion clinic today, her total expenditure would be relatively close to this $750.00 figure. The average cost of natural childbirth, with insurance, is $13,024. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average cost of raising a child to age 18 today is estimated at $272,049. Keep in mind that those numbers don't include the additional cost of sending a child to college.

The CDC stated that approximately 3.6 million children were born in the United States in 2020. This means that an estimated 47 billion dollars go directly to the healthcare industry annually from childbirth alone. Simply put, abortions are a direct threat to the healthcare industry. A 2019 CDC report indicated that the United States performed about 630,000 legal induced abortions that year. For the sake of argument, if the United States were to eradicate all legal abortions, the healthcare industry would be set to gain an additional 8.2 billion dollars in annual income just from childbirth. Remember, we have not considered the money the food and retail industry would make by feeding and clothing a child. Nor did we calculate the income the fossil fuel industry will make from adding a potential 630,000 new drivers each year.

With that said, it is my firm belief that the Supreme Court's recent abortion ruling is directly related to the influence of wealthy donors, corpor­a­tions, and special interest groups. We must combat these sources of corruption now or all of our rights will be eroded.

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