MSNBC Analyst Presses Stacey Abrams On Struggling Economy. She Says, That’s Why We Need Abortions

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Brianna Lyman News and Commentary Writer
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Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams appeared to imply Wednesday that abortion is an inflation issue.

Abrams was speaking on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to discuss her ongoing race against incumbent Republican Gov. Brian Kemp when she tied together the economy and abortions.

“Ms. Abrams, you’re running for governor of Georgia. I would assume, maybe incorrectly, but while abortion is an issue, it nowhere reaches the level of interest of voters in terms of the cost of gas, food, bread, milk, things like that,” MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle said. “What can a governor, what could you do as governor to alleviate the concerns of Georgia voters about those livability, daily, hourly issues that they’re confronted with?”

“Let’s be clear: having children is why you’re worried about your price or gas, it’s why you’re concerned about how much food costs. For women, this is not a reductive issue,” Abrams said. “You can’t divorce being forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy from the economic realities of having a child. And so these are, it’s, it’s important for us to have both, and conversations.”

“We don’t have the luxury of reducing it or separating them out,” she continued. (RELATED: ‘I Dismissed That’: Pelosi Tries To Ignore Bad Poll Numbers For Democrats)

Abrams said as governor she would have the ability to “address housing prices” and the cost of education.

“But let’s not pretend that women, half the population, especially those of child-bearing age, they understand that having a child is absolutely an economic issue,” she added. “It is a real biological and economic imperative conversation that we need to have.”

A newly released New York Times/ Siena College poll found voters care far more about the economy than abortion. Democratic super PACs and campaigns have dropped nearly $18 million on abortion-related ads despite polls ranking the economy and inflation issues higher amongst voter concerns. A July Monmouth University poll found abortion was the most important issue for just 5% of voters while 63% said inflation was their top issue.

Kemp is currently leading Abrams by nearly 5 percentage points, according to a new Landmark Communications poll, according to WRDW.