By Andrea Sears
NEW YORK — An online tool from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research makes the case that ending reproductive health restrictions is good for women and good for business.
More than 500 bills restricting or banning abortion have been introduced across 46 states so far this year.
Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said the data show if all state-level abortion restrictions were eliminated, more than a half-million women would enter the workforce, and annual earnings for all women would increase by an average of more than $1,600 a year.
“We know at the national level, the state-level abortion restrictions cost $105 billion per year by reducing labor-force participation and earnings,” Johnson reported.
The research showed if all abortion restrictions were lifted, the estimated earnings increase for working women in New York state would be more than $4 billion.