In an interview over the weekend with George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the proposed "hundreds of millions of dollars" earmarked in the "stimulus" package for contraceptive services will help the economy. But wait. Won't fewer people mean fewer taxpayers?

We have already reduced the number of taxpayers by an estimated 50 million since abortion became legal in 1973. If we had 50 million more people paying taxes, would we be in our current budget malaise? People mean taxes and since taxes are what Democrats are about, they are harming the economy by advocating fewer people through abortion and contraception.

Cal Thomas is America's most widely syndicated op-ed columnist. He joined Fox News Channel in 1997 as a political contributor. His latest book is "What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America" is available in bookstores now. Readers may email Cal Thomas at tcaeditors@tribune.com.