I am reading the book Freakonomics. It is very interesting, and asks questions as an explanation of cause and effect on social issues that result in effects on the economy. Now, some younger moms may not remember, but in the 90's we had a crime rate that was escalating out of control. Then there was a huge drop in crime. Most people said it was do to the booming economy. This book states that that may have a small part in it, but sites a bigger more controversial cause. It states that about that time is when Roe V Wade was in court and abortion became legal. It continues to make its point by suggesting that the majority of women who were now able to get abortions, were poor, uneducated, and young. It further states that due to the availability of abortions for these women, they had less children whom...they suggest were destined to become a "criminal element" therefore, these babies were not being born, hence the crime rate eventually went down. I am very conflicted with these statements. I hate generalizations as a rule. Not all poor people who have kids have kids that turn out to be criminals. The authors of this book are stating that legalized abortion is the number one largest reason for the drop in crime. Stating that NYC went from having 1,200 and some murders a year down to around 500. Do you make this connection? Do you think they are right? Do you think it is the largest contributor of a lower crime rate for that period of time? This is NOT about your thoughts on whether or not you think abortion is right or wrong..plz stick to the topic. They do state that the women they dubbed Roe, eventually became a pro-life advocate...not that that makes any difference in what they refere to in this book. So...to make a short question long...do you agree? Do you connect the dots as they do?Answer Question
I don't know. I think you could also reverse it and say that the reason why there is not a cure for every cancer or for AIDS yet is because the person who was meant to find this cure was aborted.
Answer by JeremysMom at 12:19 PM on Dec. 17, 2010
Answer by pam19 at 12:31 PM on Dec. 17, 2010
I think it could be one possible scenario. I think some of the points they make do make sense but there is definitely more to the crime rate than that.
Answer by skittles1108 at 12:32 PM on Dec. 17, 2010
Answer by gdiamante at 12:37 PM on Dec. 17, 2010
Answer by san78 at 12:48 PM on Dec. 17, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 1:00 PM on Dec. 17, 2010
Answer by pam19 at 1:18 PM on Dec. 17, 2010
Answer by kerp1960 at 1:38 PM on Dec. 17, 2010