Roe v. Wade decision helped reduce crime

There is always some item about crime in the news. It’s disconcerting to all of us and devastating to the victim. The effort to reduce it is laudatory. But I have a concern. We hear how more police and better enforcement have reduced major criminal incidents, but that is not the real reason.

A number of references, including Scientific American (“The Aborted Crime Wave?”), “Freakonomics” and the American Humanist Association have revealed the real reason: Roe v. Wade, which legalized the right of a woman to choose abortion over continuing an unwanted pregnancy. Since 1973, approximately 1 million terminations per year have resulted in a drastic reduction in unwanted children. Crime statistics revealed a drop in criminal activity of 30 percent to 40 percent in a two-year period after 1990 – 18 and 19 years after Roe v. Wade.

George Will stated, “Bringing a child into the world when one is neither emotionally nor financially prepared for parenthood is a grievous wrong.” Unwanted children often find their place on the street, in gangs, generally not given proper nurturing. Criminal behavior can often be the result. So I am very upset about the concerted effort of religious conservatives to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision, let alone the effort to restrict birth control. We will have to live with the upswing in crime as the number of unneeded and unwanted pregnancies increase. Since the authorities do not accept the real reason stated here, they will just ask for more police and longer sentences. This is not the right solution.

David F. Baker