President Joe Biden’s Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen turned heads with the shocking claim that black women can only succeed if they have abortions – and to make matters worse, she delivered that claim to a black Republican who was raised by a single mother.
“What we are talking about is whether or not women will have the ability to regulate their reproductive situation in ways that will enable them to plan lives that are fulfilling and satisfying for them,” Yellen said.
The Biden official said that one aspect of a satisfying life is to “feel that you have the financial resources to raise a child, that the children you bring into the world are wanted, and that you have the ability to take care of them.”
“In many cases,” she continued, “abortions are teenage women, particularly low income, and often black, who aren’t in a position to be able to care for children, have unexpected pregnancies, and it deprives them of the ability, often, to continue their education to later participate in the workforce.”
Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) eventually stepped in to interrupt Yellen’s message, saying, “I’ll just simply say that, as a guy raised by a black woman in abject poverty, I am thankful to be here as a United States senator.”
Pro-abortion activists have maintained the argument that abortion is necessary for minority women – suggesting that it is a vital stepping stone while pro-lifers have said that making such a claim is downright offensive.
“I think to myself, had it not been for her sacrifice, her perseverance, her resilience, I would not be where I am today,” Scott said last year of his mother, who raised her two sons on her own while she worked as a nurse’s assistant. “For me, there has been no better witness, no more powerful force than Frances Scott.”
“I know what you had inside of you and what you were capable of doing, so, therefore, I couldn’t give up,” the senator’s mother told him.
Yellen made a number of other strange comments in defense of abortion such as claiming that restricting abortion access to women in the U.S. would have damaging effects on the nation’s economy.
“I believe that eliminating the rights of women to make decisions about women, whether to have children would have very damaging effects on the economy and would set women back decades,” Yellen said, according to a Reuters report.
“It makes clear that denying women access to abortion increases their odds of living in poverty or need for public assistance,” she added.
Yellen also emphasized the ability of women to live a fulfilling and satisfying life as a reason to support abortion access. “What we’re talking about is whether or not women will have the ability to regulate their reproductive situation in ways that will enable them to plan lives that are fulfilling and satisfying for them,” the treasury secretary noted.