A 1999 study concluded that legalized abortion has lowered the U.S. crime rate because fewer unwanted children— people who are more likely to become criminals—are being born. This study is flawed, contends syndicated columnist Mona Charen in the following viewpoint. Although it is true that overall crime rates have dropped, a closer look at statistics actually reveals a higher murder rate among people who were born in the first few years after abortion was legalized. It is more likely that the rise and fall of the crack cocaine epidemic—not abortion—is responsible for the...
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