In this month’s issue of Scientific American, there is an article about a controversial paper by Steven D. Levitt of the University of Chicago and John J. Donohue III, of Yale University, titled Legalized Abortion and Crime.
According to the article, “[The]legalization of abortion in 1973 reduced the number of unwanted children–that is, children more likely to become criminals. In 1992, the first year crime began to fall, the first set of children born after 1973 turned 18. Because most crimes are committed by young adult males between the ages of 18 and 24, Levitt and Donohue argue that the absence of millions of unwanted children led to fewer crimes being done by that age group. In total, the researchers maintain, the advent of legal abortion may be responsible for up to 50 percent of the drop in crime.”
Do you buy into this?
“It is lucky for rulers that men do not think.” — Adolf Hitler