Suppose we accept the Freakonomics premise that abortions leads to fewer criminals, it would seem at first blush that Republicans would want fewer Batman seeds out in the world. After all, if Republicans have wealth, the premise of your progeny becoming Batman, while very cool, has an obvious downside that you and your spouse are violently murdered.
So, assuming selfish motives, what are the real reasons Republicans want to discourage abortions? Republicans value individual freedom and choice and the personal responsibilities that come with it. But telling someone they can’t terminate a living thing seems awfully similar to telling someone they can’t buy a gun and use it to terminate a living thing. So something else must be going on here.
First, it could be that they willingly accept programming from religious authorities. So if they’re told that killing a fetus is murder, but buying a gun to kill woodland creatures is not murder, they accept it. Also, blowing away a human intruder is also dandy, because babies are innocent and trespassers deserve death.
Second, they might figure they are safe from criminals in their gated communities and high-walled McMansions, so if an abortion ban did lead to more violent criminals, it could be a positive thing. Because if the thinking is that wealth and happiness are zero sum, the worse off they (the poor and downtrodden) are, the better off we (the rich and religiously moral) are by comparison.
Third, they might think the Freakonomics premise is flawed because they can save the extra babies like how Angelina adopts third world babies. Probably via religious indoctrination. And if you grow up in a poor ghetto to poor parents who would otherwise have aborted you, you can still bootstrap yourself out by simply accepting Jesus Christ as your personal savior. So if you remain poor, that’s your own failing.
In summation, it seems Republicans want the world from Escape From New York. Guns are plentiful, there’s a huge social divide, but the amoral are sequestered neatly away over “there” where they can’t affect decent people and can be forgotten with no consequences. Is this the true Republican fantasy?