Approximately 43% of the dramatically decreasing American crime rate can be attributed to the increased number of police (accounting for 10%), and the increased number of people imprisoned (accounting for about 33%).
The remainder is attributable to legal abortion.
The longitudinal data is in, has been carefully analysed, and it’s well established that American crime rates have been “dropping like a stone since 1991”. The year 1991 marks roughly 18 years since the US Supreme Court upheld women’s right to abortion in Roe v Wade.
To put this simply: the population required to preserve, or increase, the crime rates of the past does not exist, because a significant percentage of today’s would-be criminals were never born. "Abortion is one of the greatest crime-lowering factors in American history.”
Let’s be very blunt: if legal abortion is ever significantly restricted or even banned (a highly improbable scenario, in
“Where have all the criminals gone?” is chapter four in the book Freakonomics, by Levitt and Dunbur. This is not the first time the evidence has been raised, but on this occasion it can’t be sweep away as too distasteful for polite conversation, after all, Freakonomics is currently the best selling nonfiction book in the
In The Weekend Australian (8 – 9 October 2005) Caroline Overington provides that increasingly rare beast in MSM – concise, clear reporting, about a complex matter, covering all key points in a dispassionate and impartial manner. No hysterics, no asinine opinions, no hyperbole, pure reporting.
Ignore the erroneous headline, the work of a clumsy and uncomfortable sub-editor, it would seem. Crime rates seen as a matter of life and death
Post Script – meanwhile, Craig contributes this thought - “Call me old fashioned, but I'd rather execute the criminals after they have committed the crime...”