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Did the authors of Freakonomics channel Planned Parenthood?

Posted in Freakonomics, Planned Parenthood and Crime Rates with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2014 by saynsumthn

freakonomicsIn the book Freakonomics, authors University of Chicago economist Steven Levitt and Stanford University professor John J. Donohue III basically claim legalizing abortion reduced crime.

Levitt claimed legalizing abortion led to a major drop in murder and other violent crimes in the 1980s and 1990s. He theorized that the babies who were victimized by abortion would have been more likely to commit crimes. His theory was later debunked by a 2008 study.

According to researcher, Brian Clowes, in Harvard University’s Quarterly Journal of Economics, the authors concluded that “Legalized abortion contributed significantly to recent crime reductions. … Legalized abortion appears to account for as much as 50 percent of the recent drop in crime.” The authors noted, “Crime began to fall roughly 18 years after abortion legalization,” and that the social benefit of this decrease in crime is about $30 billion annually.

Donohue and Levitt wrote that, since 1991 ― 18 years after Roe v. Wade legalized abortion ― murder rates have fallen faster than at any time since the end of Prohibition in 1933. They added that the five states that legalized abortion earlier than 1973 [New York, California, Washington, Hawaii and Alaska] also experienced earlier declines in crime. Finally, they found that states with especially high abortion rates in the 1970s and 1980s had equally dramatic crime reductions in the 1990s.3

As Clowes points out in his editorial published by Life News, prominent pro‑abortion groups and leaders seized on the results of the Donohue‑Levitt study and used them as justification for promoting and funding the practice of abortion. For example, Canadian abortionist Henry Morgentaler, in an op‑ed piece heartlessly entitled “It’s Better for Us that They Died,” declared moral vindication and grumbled that he had been saying for decades that abortion would reduce crime. You can read Clowes’ full analysis here at Life News

But ideas by Donohue‑Levitt are nothing new.

In 1954, a speaker at a Planned Parenthood Federation regional conference claimed that Planned Parenthood was the answer to overcrowded prisons, because most in prison grew up as “delinquent children.”

PP Prison 1954

PP Mary Calderone 1954

Did Donohue‑Levitt channel Planned Parenthood?

The idea that abortion may reduce the crime rate brings back past ideologies when eugenicists wanted to increase “good families” and decrease the “bad” ones. Studies later revealed that the majority of those targeted for eugenics “solutions” like forced sterilization were Black. Planned Parenthood has also been tied to these eugenics ideas as documented very well in the film by Life Dynamics called Maafa21 – watch it here

Except- those ideas are still around today:

In 2012, The Detroit News published a call to add contraceptives to the water supply, a dangerous and repugnant proposal for gross state power over life and death– all in the name of fighting the “breeding poverty” of the welfare class. Editorial page editor Nolan Finley writes: “Since the national attention is on birth control, here’s my idea: If we want to fight poverty, reduce violent crime and bring down our embarrassing drop-out rate, we should swap contraceptives for fluoride in Michigan’s drinking water.“