Friday, June 7, 2013
A Terrible Choice
I was watching Reel Time with Bill Mahar last week, and during the always heated and hilarious debate that the gathering of political opposites delivers, something strange happened.
Everyone agreed on one fact.
In the early 1990's, around the time that President Clinton took office, the crime rate in this country dropped significantly.
Of course, everyone has their pet explanations: more cops, fewer cops, tougher laws, better social safety nets...
None of these explanations are correct, of course, but the thing that really puzzled me was, why wouldn't Bill Mahar, of all people, know why the crime rate dropped in the early 1990's?
I wouldn't have known either, had it not been for Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt, and their phenomenal book Freakonomics.
And the answer to the crime rate question reveals a lot about why that answer is so rarely talked about.
You see, the generation that came of age in the early 1990's had fewer young, angry men who had been born to poor, desperate mothers who lacked the resources to properly care for them.
Simply put, this generation had fewer criminals.
Because this was the generation of children born after Roe vs. Wade.
The people on the Right who want to restrict abortion love to talk about selfish, irresponsible women who are killing innocent babies without a second thought.
The reality is that abortion is a risky, physically and emotionally painful procedure that no woman wants to have. The choice to have an abortion is a difficult one, made by a woman in a difficult situation. It's not a decision she makes for herself alone, but a decision she makes for the well-being of her family.
And when that decision is left in the hands of the one person who must truly bear the weight of it, it has been proven that children, families, and society as a whole benefit.
Now, if we can just make this common knowledge before the Southern Religinuts take away any more abortion rights than they already have