Thursday, July 14, 2005

Pro-life rids world of dictators

crazy pro-lifer
Where have all the criminals gone? argues quite well that abortion cuts crime.

But to support that fact, the authors take a look at the Romanian Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and argue that it was his pro-life policy that was his undoing. It was the kids who were likely slated for an abortion, they argue, that executed Ceausescu 23 years later.

Therefore, because a dictator's pro-life policy killed that same dictator, abortion should be legalized as it helps to cut down on violent crime... like dictator killing.

Abortion cuts crime, but pro-life cuts dictatorships?


Anonymous said...

The catch is Christo, that his argument seems quite sound. Corellation doesn't necessarily mean causation, but he does make a good case to support his contention. (And Ceausescu is hardly his only evidence).

Speaking about the US he says "In the early 1990s, just as the first cohort of children born after Roe v. Wade was hitting its late teen years—the years during which young men enter their criminal prime—the rate of crime began to fall. What this cohort was missing, of course, were the children who stood the greatest chance of becoming criminals."

Of course this is all very interesting, but it doesn't say a lot about the ethics of that method for reducing crime, only that it seems to work. You could end recidivism by making all serious crime punishable by life in prison or death, but I wouldn't say it would be a particularly moral solution.

Christo said...

Andrew, for sure, I agree, they argue the case well. But the argument would be benefited by omitting Ceaucescu. I don't see how bringing him up helps anything, except to teach us a history lesson. Ceaucescu is not the sum of their evidence, but it is at least half of it.