Iowa abortions contribute to the Iowa worker shortage

By Iowans for Life’s Wall Street Journal ran with the headline: “Iowa’s Labor Plight: Too Many Jobs.” They ran with the wrong lede. The correct headline should have been: “Iowa’s Labor Plight: Worker Shortage.”

The article points out that Iowa’s unemployment has dropped to an astounding 2.9%. Manufacturers in particular cannot find enough people to fill available jobs.

It is getting so dire that job training programs are irrelevant, because there aren’t enough people to train. The problem is acute throughout the Midwest. If every unemployed person in the Midwest were to find a job, there would still be 180,000 unfilled positions.

Why are we having this problem?

The WSJ cites Iowa challenges, such as an outflow of residents to warmer climates, and an inability to attract more immigrants.

But they’re missing another variable: abortion and Iowa’s low replacement birth rate, which are related.

Since 2009, Iowa’s birthrate has remained below replacement levels. What little population growth Iowa has enjoyed has come primarily through immigration.

Since 2004, Iowa’s abortion rate has ranged from 10% to 14% of all pregnancies. The rate appears to be dropping, but no one really knows by how much since data only accounts for surgical abortions, not chemical abortions which are skyrocketing in number.

Although pro life advocates bristle at looking at our aborted brothers and sisters as mere cogs in our economic system, we can’t escape the reality that Iowa has a labor shortage in part due to human abortion.

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As you can see on the chart above, in the 13 years from 2002 through 2014, Iowans lost around 73,000 potential future workers through abortion. This doesn’t include those aborted via chemical abortions.

In the previous 13 years, Iowa data isn’t available, but we know that the numbers would have been even higher if Iowa’s abortion rate followed national trends.

Abortion is the first place to start

So when we discuss why Iowa is faced with a worker shortage, the first place to start is abortion. We have reduced the size of the Iowa workforce through human abortion.

The simplest way to solve the problem in the future is to reduce the abortion rate in Iowa. The Heartbeat Bill is the first place to start.

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  1. Shelley Pitts on April 3, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    Thank you Tom. Pray HARD for the heartbeat bill. Time is short….wed. thurs this week. & m-thurs. next week. We need 51 House republicans to pass this. There may be as many as 10 who are NO or on the fence!! We have 59 republicans. Need 51.

    • quinersdiner on April 4, 2018 at 9:50 am

      Thanks, Shelley. We’re praying and working hard.

  2. Tom Maly on April 4, 2018 at 7:54 am

    The demographic implications of human abortion are on going – and are ominous!!

  3. d. knapp on April 4, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    Tied to the problems of abortion are the problems of rampant drug use/addiction. Many cant pass a drug screen or the background check related to criminal charges they have faced as a result of drug addiction. The quality of the American work force has been really detrimentally impacted by the ideologies of the left.

  4. Arkenaten on April 12, 2018 at 3:23 am

    If abortions in Iowa continue to drop one might hope to see a time when there are zero abortions.
    How would this necessarily translate to a larger poo, of workers?

    • Arkenaten on April 12, 2018 at 3:24 am

      Typo: Larger pool of workers, obviously. Sorry.

    • quinersdiner on April 12, 2018 at 10:35 am

      Today’s abortion survivor’s are tomorrow’s laborers.