A pro-life political scientist published research finding that as much as $16 trillion in federal revenue has been lost due to on-demand abortions in America.
"The figure of 55 million persons aborted, typically reported by pro-life groups, is a significant undercount," says Mark Olson, a political consultant who describes himself as a former liberal activist. "Abortions did not magically begin occurring in 1973, yet that is when everyone starts counting."
The website for the Abolition Ebook features a ticking timer of money supposedly lost due to abortions in the U.S. Olson claims that his research used pre-Roe vs. Wade estimates and includes the generations of offspring that would have been born to people who were aborted. The results suggest that the U.S. has suffered a population loss of over 125 million people.
Olson adds: "We can argue over a balanced budget amendment or tax and spend policies, but the reality is that we have lost over 125 million persons -- no liberal or conservative economic policy can make up for that loss. We need to stop destroying our most precious economic resource, our people."
Other pro-life supporters have also attempted to calculate the cost of abortion, with cultural apologist Dr. Jim Denison pointing out in a 2013 article for The Christian Post that over 55 million lives have been aborted since the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in 1973.
"Since Roe, more than 55 million lives have been aborted. According to the Movement for a Better America, the resulting labor lost to our nation will cost our future GDP some $45 trillion," Denison wrote.
"By comparison, our national debt stands at $16 trillion. Consider the impact on Social Security: each day for the next 19 years, 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65. At current trends, Social Security will be bankrupt in 21 years. One major reason: of the generation under 45 whose taxes support Social Security, a third was aborted."
Abortion remains a controversial topic in America, though poll results by Rasmussen Reports released in July reveled that pro-life voters are "at an all-time high."
A survey of 1,000 people noted that 44 percent of likely voters identified themselves as "pro-life," versus 48 percent who self-identified as "pro-choice." The previous 2012 Rasmussen poll on the topic had found that only 38 percent of voters identified as pro-life, while in 2013 it was 43 percent.