Zell Miller: Abortion has shrunk our military, hurt social security, caused illegal immigration
Michael Roston
Published: Friday March 9, 2007
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Zell Miller, the former Democratic Senator from Georgia who backed President George W. Bush in 2004 and spoke at the Republican National Convention, recently told an anti-abortion gathering that the "killing" of unborn babies was the cause of many of America's woes, including its military, social security, and immigration problems.

"How could this great land of plenty produce too few people in the last 30 years?" Miller asked. "Here is the brutal truth that no one dares to mention: We’re too few because too many of our babies have been killed."

Miller claimed that 45 million babies have been "killed" since the Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade in 1973.

"If those 45 million children had lived, today they would be defending our country, they would be filling our jobs, they would be paying into Social Security," he asserted.

Miller was speaking at a fund raiser for Sav a Life Center of Macon, Georgia, an organization which tries to persuade women not to have abortions.

In 2004, Miller abandoned his fellow Democrats and came out in favor of the policies and re-election of President Bush. At the Republican National Convention in New York City, referring to his grandchildren, Miller declared "There is but one man to whom I am willing to entrust their future and that man's name is George W. Bush."

He also slammed Senator John Kerry on security in the speech.

"For more than twenty years, on every one of the great issues of freedom and security, John Kerry has been more wrong, more weak, and more wobbly than any other national figure," he remarked.

An article from Terrence Jeffrey in Jan. 2004 spelled out some of the influences that caused Miller to become a pro-life, anti-choice Democrat.

"Many sources influenced his thinking. They range from the birth of his great-grandchildren, to Sean Hannity's apt comparison of Roe to Dred Scott, to Newsweek's cover of an unborn child, to two female college students who challenged him on the right-to-life, to signs carried by some women in the March for Life," he wrote.

The story was first publicized at the Macon Telegraph, where a video of some of Miller's remarks can be viewed.