They say women who are under age 25, separated, never married, poor or members of a minority group are roughly twice as likely to have an abortion as other women of childbearing age. About half of all pregnancies are unintended, and half of those end in abortion, the Alan Guttmacher Institute says.
Cory Richards, vice president of public policy at Guttmacher, said of the paper: ``This is not an argument for abortion per se. This is an argument for women not being forced to have children they don't want to have. This is making the point that it's not only bad for the women, but for children and society.''
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______________________________________ Of course the pro-lifers would doubtless only kill these kids after they had become criminals--rb
PR Newswire, August 9, 1999 p8208
ALL Responds to Study on Abortion and Crime.
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Responding to a report that a study by two researchers at the University of Chicago concludes that the drop in crime seen in the United States today is the result of legalized abortion, American Life League President Judie Brown issued the following statement:
On its surface, the conclusions of this study appear to be wedded to the eugenicist theory that equates poverty with undesirable human beings. The report seems to try to predict the actions of future children based on the financial or marital situation of his or her parents. As all parents are aware, this hypothesis is unrealistic. Many children from broken, poverty- stricken homes have risen to the heights of social achievement. Many children from financially secure homes have committed heinous crimes. Any study that predicts the actions of a future generation based solely on the living conditions of their parents is flawed, suggests a racist attitude, and should be flatly ignored.
It is interesting to note, however, that people are beginning to realize that we do not abort some unknown glob. What we abort are children who would otherwise grow into active members of our society. What this study implicitly accepts is that one can commit a crime of murder, when that commission is protected by law, if the eradication of the human being in question will remove a potential criminal from our midst. The "glob" is now a potential social degenerate who is better off dead! While there is no doubt that some of the children aborted would have grown to be criminals, taking the life of even one of them is equally criminal by any standard of rational thought.
Let us not forget that for every criminal that may not have been born, there are dozens of doctors, scientists, political leaders and sports heroes whose lives were cut short through the tragic act of abortion.
Judie Brown is president of American Life League, the nation's largest pro-life educational organization with more than 300,000 supporters.