The Controversial Issue Of Abortion Essay

1291 Words Nov 23rd, 2015 6 Pages
Does abortion have any connection to the reduction in crime rate since the early 1990’s? The controversial issue of abortion is and always will be a sensitive subject for everyone, and a side will not be taken for or against abortion. However, the research behind this topic suggests that the legalization of abortion did not cause the crime rates to decrease. The U.S. Supreme court case of Roe v. Wade on January 22, 1973 legalized abortion throughout the United States. This case was said to have decreased the crime rate significantly. The exploration of this commonly accepted theory will try to explain the insight behind Levitt and Dubner’s reasoning for the crime drop since the 1990’s. Are the economical changes in the Unites States to blame for the decrease in crime, or is abortion? As a starting point, one should analyze abortion from it’s beginning. The majority of women that are more likely to have an abortion have a combination of being single, teenage mothers, living in poverty, or often struggling with a drinking or drug addiction (Levitt & Dubner, 2009). Before legalizing abortion in 1973, these children that were not aborted were born into an adverse family environment. Because of this environment throughout their childhood, these individuals were far more likely to become criminals than those raised within a sound family. Since Roe v. Wade, the underprivileged parents chose to have their children aborted (Levitt & Dubner, 2009). Although this seems a…

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