Abortions Credited for Drop in Crime

July 7, 2008 - 7:02 PM

(CNS) - Two university academics are attempting to credit a drop in crime to more than 40 million abortions performed since 1973, a notion which pro-life advocates denounce as bizarre in assuming "that killing unborn babies" has led to "less shoplifting."

University of Chicago economist Steven D. Levitt and Stanford University Law professor John J. Donohue III, in an un-published study, reportedly contend that an undetermined number of criminals have been usurped by the abortions sought by teenagers, unmarried, and black females. Other studies have shown that women who fall into these categories have children who are at a greater risk of committing crimes when they become adults.

Levitt and Donohue contend that 20 years of abortions can be credited for nearly 50 percent of the decrease in property crime, murder and other violent crimes in the last eight years.

The National Right to Life Committee indicates that 35,273,792 abortions were performed between 1973 and 1996. To date, that figure has risen to more than an estimated 40 million abortions, according to NRLC.

The Levitt/Donohue study suggests that among those abortions were a number of criminals who, if allowed to live, eventually would have been responsible for a greater number of crimes than Americans have already sustained.

In a statement released by NRLC, the group decried the assertion as overlooking the "true effects" of the abortions committed in this country.

"Our society not only has lost future artists, scientists, musicians and teachers, but also has accepted a mentality that targets for destruction the vulnerable: whether they be children of poor parents or, with assisted suicide and euthanasia, the elderly and disabled who have ceased to be 'useful.'"

"The conclusions of the study seem bizarre, since in the '90s the drop in the crime rate correlates with the drop in the abortion rate," the NRLC said in its statement released Tuesday. ""One could just as easily argue that an increase in the respect for human life has led to a decrease in both the abortion rate and the crime rate."