On Wednesday, Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams appeared on MSNBC and suggested that abortion was related to inflation.
Stacy Abrams says we need abortions because the economy sucks. Wait…the economy sucks? I thought Old Joe said it was the "strongest" in 50 years? So if it's strong, should we NOT kill babies? I'm so confused. https://t.co/dn6zKwJamZ
— Vicki McKenna (@VickiMcKenna) October 19, 2022
MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle prefaced his question to Abrams by pointing out that many American voters are more concerned with the state of the economy than the right to an abortion.
“Ms. Abrams, you’re running for governor of Georgia. I would assume, maybe incorrectly, but while abortion is an issue, it nowhere reaches the level of interest of voters in terms of the cost of gas, food, bread, milk, things like that,” Barnicle began. “What can a governor, what could you do as governor to alleviate the concerns of Georgia voters about those livability, daily, hourly issues that they’re confronted with?”
In her response, Abrams focused on how the issue of abortion is tied to the economy.
“Let’s be clear: having children is why you’re worried about your price or gas, it’s why you’re concerned about how much food costs,” replied Abrams. “For women, this is not a reductive issue.”
“You can’t divorce being forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy from the economic realities of having a child,” she continued. “And so these are, it’s, it’s important for us to have both, and conversations.”
Abrams went on to say that she would work to reduce housing prices and the cost of education for Georgia citizens before pivoting back to the issue of abortion.
“But let’s not pretend that women, half the population, especially those of child-bearing age, they understand that having a child is absolutely an economic issue,” Abrams added. “It is a real biological and economic imperative conversation that we need to have.”
Abrams continues to speak strongly on the issue of abortion, but critics wonder if her message will resonate with a voter base that is struggling to pay household bills amid soaring inflation.
New York Times/ Siena College recently released a poll showing that the economy far exceeds abortion as the participants’ top priority. In July, a Monmouth University poll showed that 63% of voters viewed inflation as their number one issue, while only 5% percent prioritized abortion.