Abortion and minimum wage laws? What do they have to
do with each other? Answer: nothing . . . unless abortion opponents catch on to
their potential to shut down the abortion industry.
The basic argument for raising the minimum wage is
that it will benefit low-wage workers by increasing their pay from their
employers. The basic argument against raising the minimum wage is that
employers who cannot afford to hire unskilled workers at higher wages will
simply not hire them (or not hire as many), thereby denying jobs to the very
people the bill is supposed to help.
Well, this debate is all very abstract and all very boring
to most people, I suspect. How about tying the argument to a hot-button issue?
Here’s the plan: First, point out the fact that employees
in abortion facilities face very unpleasant conditions.
They may deal with death, blood, and foul stench in the workplace, stigma in
their social circles, nightmares in their sleep, slimy abortionists as
supervisors, and pangs in their consciences.
Second: Appeal to the notion that it is only fair that
abortion staff be compensated at a level commensurate with the ordeal their job
entails. That means getting a bigger salary than some of the money-hungry
abortion businesses are currently allowing them.
Third: Introduce a federal (or state) bill to give a hefty
raise to the minimum wage of employees working in the area of “reproductive
Fourth: Recruit political support from liberals. After all,
by their own logic, raising minimum wages is good for workers and society.
Moreover, what is good for abortion workers will increase the attractiveness of
that area of employment and boost the supply of willing employees for abortion
business owners to hire.
Fifth: To defuse opposition, let politicians who oppose
abortion know that this bill will actually reduce abortion, explaining that the
effect of the bill will be to raise the cost of doing business for
abortionists, thereby cutting into their profit margin and increasing the
likelihood that they will close up shop.
Sixth: Hope the liberal co-sponsors will continue believing
their own talking points, namely that raising minimum wages enhances worker
conditions without reducing job opportunities, long enough to pass the bill.
Bingo! The bill passes, the President proudly signs it with
Cecile Richards by his side, and abortion businesses take a financial hit. (How
big the hit is will depend on how high the minimum wage is raised.)
With that accomplished, then go to Stage Two: What about
the beleaguered abortion doctors? Don’t they also need an increased minimum contract rate (or salary) to
compensate for the heavy personal cost of doing abortions? Follow the same
steps as above to enact a bill to raise their pay.
At some point, of course, the abortion lobby will catch on
and raise the alarm, arguing that hiking minimum wages actually threatens their
businesses by making them pay more than the market rate for services. Which is
the point of this article.
* Walter M. Weber is an attorney who has practiced constitutional law for
nearly 30 years. This post is made in his official capacity and does not necessarily represent the views of his employer.