Commonwealth Policy Center

A professor from the University of Illinois at Chicago has a solution to economic hardship— abortion. In a presentation on “reproductive justice,” Professor Julie Maslowsky said, “Denying a woman an abortion creates economic hardship and insecurity which lasts for years. The financial well-being and development of children is negatively impacted when their mothers are denied abortions.” She also argued that adolescents should have access to abortion and claimed that women denied abortions are more likely to raise the baby alone. While economic hardship is an issue, we should ask: is abortion the only way to address the issue? What about adoption? If a mother doesn’t believe she can raise her child, putting them up for adoption would alleviate her financial burden without ending the life she’s carrying.