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How reproductive rights are an economic issue

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Republicans across the country have once again begun pushing to strip women’s reproductive rights, from restricting access to contraception to banning abortion after 20 weeks. On Saturday’s Up with Steve Kornacki, the panel discussed the devastating effects these bills could have and why legislators seem more interested in regulating uteri than in creating jobs.

“Voters are upset that this is the priority when we have so many other problems,” Democratic pollster Celinda Lake said on the show.

The Guardian’s Ana Marie Cox added that reproductive freedom has been a crucial element of women’s participation in the economy. “The reason why women can participate in society so fully is because we have more control over our reproductive rights,” Cox said.

Watch the full discussion above and watch Up with Steve Kornacki every weekend at 8 a.m. ET.

How reproductive rights are an economic issue

Updated