Missouri Legislature Says Illegal Immigration Exacerbated by Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 14, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
November 14
, 2006

Jefferson City, MO (LifeNews.com) — The Missouri legislature has filed a report saying that the problems associated with illegal immigration are the result of more 33 years of legalized abortion.

The report, issued by a Republican-led legislative study panel, says the incidence of illegal immigration wouldn’t be as high if abortion hadn’t produced a shortage of American workers.

The Missouri state House Special Committee on Immigration Reform says the pro-abortion policies since Roe v. Wade was handed down by the Supreme Court in 1973 have encouraged illegal immigrants to cross the border.

According to an Associated Press report, Rep. Edgar Emery, a Republican lawmaker who was the chairman of the panel, inserted the immigration-abortion link into the report.

"We hear a lot of arguments today that the reason that we can’t get serious about our borders is that we are desperate for all these workers," he said. "You don’t have to think too long. If you kill 44 million of your potential workers, it’s not too surprising we would be desperate for workers."

The report goes on to say that there are likely 80,000 fewer Missouri residents as a result of abortion and that most of those would be in their teens, 20s, or 30s now and be "highly productive workers" in the state’s economy.

All 10 of the Republican members of the committee signed the report while the six Democrats on the panel refused and criticized the abortion connection.

"There’s a lot of editorial comment there that I couldn’t really stomach," Rep. Trent Skaggs, a Democrat, told AP. "To be honest, I think it’s a little delusional."

However, research shows that countries across the world, including the United States, are suffering economic problems because of underpopulation — too few workers to sustain the economy as a result of abortion.

The Population Research Institute (PRI) believes that the United States is suffering from insufficient population growth.
“When you look at the projections that show our population aging rapidly over the next few decades, when you see our economy and government programs such as Social Security risking bankruptcy, you can see that the United States’ annual 0.9% population growth rate is not enough,” said Steven Mosher, president of PRI.

“America’s baby boomers didn’t have many children on average, and as a result, our country faces a gray dawn," Mosher added. "Even our currently high immigration levels haven’t made up the difference.”

Joseph A. D’Agostino, the group’s vice-president, explained the problem further.

“According to United Nations figures, the percentage of the American population 65 or over will rise from 12.3% today to 20.6% by 2050," he indicated. "The proportion of Americans 80 or over will rise from 3.6% to 7.3% of the population."

D’Agostino said the United States is seeing the same problem that faces several countries in Europe that are dealing with severe underpopulation — an aging populace and not enough workers to support them.

"Our worker-to- retiree ratio is already at a dangerous 3-to-1. By 2050, it will be 2-to-1," he said.

He said that immigration, a contentious issue in political debate today, could actually make a positive impact.

"We’ve been trying to make up for our low birthrate through lots of immigration, which has created its own problems," he explained. "But if Americans won’t create the next generation, then it must be imported.”

Related web sites:
Population Research Institute – https://www.pri.org