During a Wisconsin Assembly debate about a bill that would make it illegal to offer abortions through state health insurance plans, GOP Wisconsin state lawmaker Scott Allen suggested that making abortions illegal would help add to the state’s labor force.
“Labor force shortages are tied to population declines. And labor force shortages are a limiting factor in economic growth. And limited economic growth poses a problem when government tries to pay for public services and infrastructure,” Allen said.
“In spite of this Mr. Speaker, ironically, the Democrats continue their effort to support the abortion industry.”
Allen also called abortions “wrong.”
“Often in public debates, people are afraid to say it, but let me just say it: Abortion is wrong,” he said. “Although it may be legal we should in no way, shape or form should we provide public funding for abortion.”
WOW. WI Rep. Scott Allen thinks women should be forced to procreate for the sake of the labor market.
Women are PEOPLE, not incubators. 😡 pic.twitter.com/I189JGSoqp
— NARAL (@NARAL) November 3, 2017
The bill, which was passed by the assembly on Thursday, blocks state health-care plans from covering abortions except in the case of rape, incest or to save a mother’s health or life, according to WZIM.
The Hill notes that Wisconsin’s labor force reached an all-time high in September.