Allen made his claim during a debate about covering abortions through state health insurance plans.
A Wisconsin state lawmaker has suggested that women should stop having abortions, in order to add more people to the workforce.
Rep. Scott Allen (R) made his claim during the Wisconsin Assembly debate about covering abortions through state health insurance plans. During his speech, he called abortion “wrong,” and called out Democrats for supporting it.
“Labor force shortages are tied to population declines. And labor force shortages are a limiting factor in economic growth. And limited economic growth poses a problem when [the] government tries to pay for public services and infrastructure,” Allen said.
“Often in public debates, people are afraid to say it, but let me just say it: Abortion is wrong,” he continued. “Although it may be legal we should in no way, shape or form should we provide public funding for abortion.”
The debate Rep. Allen was speaking during revolved around a bill that would block state-issued healthcare plans from covering abortions except in the case of rape, incest, or if a doctor determines it necessary to save a mother’s life.
Prior to the bill, state health insurance plans only covered “medically necessary” abortions, but do not define what kinds of abortions qualify as “medically necessary.”
The Assembly passed the legislation on Thursday.
Democrats in Wisconsin argue that the legislation hinders the rights of women. Rep. Lisa Subeck (D) called it “shameful.”
“It is taking away access to women’s health care and that in and of itself is shameful,” she said.
Though Rep. Allen argued that abortions should be banned in order to keep the workforce up and running, data from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development states that the Wisconsin labor force reached an all-time high in September.