Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ) quotes the Guttmacher Institute while fighting against abortion.
"The take-home from that study is that most women are having an abortion because they say they can’t afford to have a child. And it turns out that they’re right: Two years later, women who had a baby they weren’t expecting to have, compared to the women who had the abortion they wanted, are three times more likely to be living in poverty. They knew they couldn’t afford a kid and it turns out they were correct." - Tracy Weitz, PhD, of the Turnaway Study
Wait a second. Are you saying that women are actually aware of their circumstances and can make educated and accurate decisions about their own lives?
Remember, Rep. Smith is using the study as proof forced birth is a good thing because 25% of people who sought abortions and were unable to secure Medicaid funding gave birth instead.
To him, this is a success. A person too poor to pay for an abortion was saddled with an unwanted child, and this congressman looked at that and said, “Yep, let’s have more of this!” Let that sink in for a second.