"Good Day Destiny:
Here is MY summary and take on Chapter 4 of Freakonomics entitled "Where Have All the Criminals Gone?"
First the disclaimer. This is my view of the chapter and I would expect other people to get views that would be somewhat different. I think I got the gist, but everyone should read it for themselves. I have not checked what the authors have presented, but what they say makes sense to me.
The fundamental bases on which they explain the dramatic lowering of crime in the United States that began in the early 1990's is Roe vs. Wade, January 22, 1973, which said that abortions are legal.
They simply took the following known information and connected the dots; criminals begin their serious career during their late teens, the vast number of criminals come from broken homes, are not wanted as children, and the very large majority of abortions are from low income single women who, for all kinds of reasons, do not want the children they were carrying. Thus, when abortions became legal the supply of potential future criminals was severely curtailed and the crime rate correspondingly decreased.
The crime rate drop was an unintended consequence of the Roe vs. Wade decision and in this case I view it as positive.
So, this has had a profound effect on MY "abortion position" which is the following:
1. An abortion is the killing of an unborn person. On this I cannot compromise. In a abortion the most innocent and least represented of all the parties involved has no advocate. Their are no police, no grand jury, no indictment, no trial, no judge, no jury, no defense attorney, and no appeal!
2. And thus I do not believe that abortion is the woman's decision alone. Their are other people involved, principally the unborn person, the father of the child, parents of the mother and father, etc., but also society as a whole.
3. But because so much damage can be done to society as a whole by the unwanted children aborted I live, very uneasily, with abortion.
I do not pretend my position is one of which I am overly proud and absolutely strongly feel that among the aborted children there undoubtedly was/is a Lincoln, an Einstein, a Shakespeare, etc., but I justify it by feeling that there was/is also a Hitler that we will not have to endure.
There is also additional fallout from this position two of which are the following: if we can accept abortion, which I feel is the killing of the most innocent person of our society, can we not accept the assisted killing of the elderly, who exist only, or diseased people with no hope of recovery. To me by accepting abortion, which in the US there is close to 1,000,000 a year, how in the world can anyone get upset over the death penalty, which is the killing of a person, who has been given all the things denied an aborted unborn child and found guilty of a hedious crime.
Indeed my position on abortion rests on a very slippery slope."
***And then I went kinda nutzo....my reply...
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