July 1, 2005

Fascinating

Posted in General at 3:34 pm by Ian

According to Steven Levitt, author of the book Freakanomics, abortion may lead to lower crime rates (note that that article is the first in a series discussing crime trends and other possible caueses. Read the other ones, too). Clearly, the evidence so far is just of a correlation, but there are logical arguments for causation as well, most notably that those women most likely to get abortions after Roe v. Wade, poor single mothers who have serious trouble raising children, are also the demographic most likely to have children who are criminals.

Even if this is true, I don’t consider it a suitable justification for the legalization of abortion. There are more important moral issues on both sides of the debate that clearly supercede crime-prevention policy. But it’s still an interesting example of the law of unexpected consequences.

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5 Comments »

  1. Liza said,

    Yeah, I read that argument in the book and was absolutely fascinated by the way the author thinks.

  2. JT said,

    I thought the argument in the book was presented very well. He convinced me that the legalization of abortion probably had something to do with the drop in crime rates.

    But it was cooler to read his explination of why crack dealers don’t have enough many and have to take minimum wage jobs and live with their moms.

  3. Ian said,

    Yeah, I read that argument in the book and was absolutely fascinated by the way the author thinks.

    Sorry. I already used “fascinating”. Get your own adjective.

  4. Jon said,

    Great – now we can just start a mandatory abortion and sterilization program for poor and non-white demographic groups and our crime problems will be solved.

  5. Ian said,

    Or if we sterilized everybody, we wouldn’t have to deal with any social problems.


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