After House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a press conference Thursday that there is a need for higher birth rates in the United States, abortion provider Planned Parenthood’s president, Cecile Richards, criticized Ryan’s comments on Twitter.
Ryan, who has three children, said that in order to maintain popular entitlements, like Medicare and Social Security, Americans need to have more babies.
“This is going to be the new economic challenge for America: people. Baby boomers are retiring — I did my part, but we need to have higher birth rates in this country,” Ryan said (see video below). “Baby boomers are retiring and we have fewer people following them in the workforce.”
Ryan continued, ”We have something like a 90-percent increase in the retirement population of America but only a 19-percent increase in the working population in American. So what do we have to do? Be smarter, more efficient, more technology? Still gonna need more people.”
Richards responded to Ryan’s remarks on Twitter, writing, “If more members of Congress could get pregnant, maybe they wouldn’t tell the rest of us when and why to get pregnant.”
The Twitter responses she received were mostly supportive of her statement, although they were mainly focused on abortion rights and more entitlements to help women afford children, rather than the merits of Ryan’s observation that there aren’t enough workers to support existing programs.
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 14, 2017
If more members of Congress could get pregnant, maybe they wouldn’t tell the rest of us when and why to get pregnant. https://t.co/pqFf7Srlkl
— Cecile Richards (@CecileRichards) December 15, 2017
Ironically, just the day before, the pro-abortion Richards had tweeted about how to get more votes so Democrats could win more elections.
💯: “If we are going to generate the enthusiasm we need to win the 2020 election, we need to engage Democrats about what it means to be a Democrat. … In the end, we are a pro-choice party that should be working to elect pro-choice candidates.” https://t.co/nbmQeI0aYF
— Cecile Richards (@CecileRichards) December 14, 2017
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