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Treasury Secretary Yellen claims overturning Roe will damage U.S. economy

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told Congress Tuesday that there would likely be significant damage to the U.S. economy if the Supreme Court moves to curtail abortion rights.

Mrs. Yellen told the Senate Banking Committee that the country’s financial stability would be rocked if the nation’s highest court decided to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion legal nationwide, in part because of its disruptive effect on the labor market.

“Eliminating the right of women to make decisions about when and whether to have children would have very damaging effects on the economy and would set women back decades,” said Ms. Yellen. “Roe v. Wade and access to reproductive health care, including abortion, helped lead to increased labor force participation.”

Ms. Yellen argued that abortion was a large equalizer between males and females in the job market, allowing women greater ability to focus on their professional

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