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May 15, 2014

"Crime, Teenage Abortion, and the Myth of Unwantedness"

The title of this post is the title of this intriguing new empirical paper by Gary Shoesmith available via SSRN. Here is the abstract:

This study shows that varying concentrations of teenage abortions across states drive all of Donohue and Levitt’s (2001, 2004, 2008) crime and abortion results, narrowing the possible link between crime and abortion to mainly 16 percent of U.S. abortions.  The widely promoted and accepted claim that unwantedness links crime and abortion is false. Across all states, there is a near one-to-one correspondence between ranked significance of abortion in explaining crime and ranked teenage abortion ratios.  The results agree with research showing teenage motherhood is a major maternal crime factor, while unwantedness ranks fifth, behind mothers who smoke during pregnancy.  The results are also consistent with the reasons women have abortions by age group.

For future research, a specific means is proposed to reconcile recent papers that apply alternative methods to DL’s data but find no link between crime and abortion link.  Given a 2013 Census Bureau report showing that single motherhood is the new norm among adult women, the results suggest the need to reeducate adult women about unwantedness and crime.

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This has been known by objective sources for years. Even when I was a partly-indoctrinated pro-choice undergrad, my senior project sponsor, a feminist law professor,
stated to our class that the argument that unwanted/forced children were more prone to crime was bogus.

Wishful thinkers, and Machiavellian liars however, will continue to deny this truth, as they discount the internationally established abortion-breast cancer relationship.

Posted by: Adamakis | May 15, 2014 11:33:58 AM

What is this study saying?

Bastardy is the strongest factor in crime?

That is correct. We have also been saying whites should not feel smug about the destruction of the black family. The vile feminist lawyer is now coming after the white family, putting a cash bounty on divorce for females. And that the social pathologies of black people would soon visit the white population. And then this country is done.

Isn't it worth the lives of 15,000 lawyers to save our American way of life? Naturally the authors do not point to the cause of exploding bastardy, the vile feminist lawyer traitor all out attack on the patriarchal family. Their hierarchy should be arrested, given an hour's fair trial, and immediately executed. To deter. These are heartless rent seekers and internal traitors.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 15, 2014 6:24:20 PM

Not really a monkey...

In the orphanage
If Harlow's monkey experiments might be considered cruel today, what can we say about the human deprivation "experiment" in Romanian orphanages? Carlson says she found the whole affair "pretty shocking. We thought the whole world knew that institutional care was insufficient to maintain the social capacity of the human baby."

But not in Romania, where the long-time communist dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, was a zealous believer in technological progress. Highly skeptical of all things touchy-feelie, he clamped down on psychology and social work in preference to engineering and science. He favored policies to raise the birth rate and established institutions for orphans and children whose parents could not care for them.

After Ceausescu was executed in the coup in 1989, the orphanages were opened to a world that saw Dickensian warehouses for the unwanted. Scientific study confirmed what the untrained eye could see: The children were in the third to tenth percentile for physical growth, and "grossly delayed" in motor and mental development, Carlson says. They rocked and grasped themselves like Harlow's monkeys, and grew up with weird social values and behavior.

Posted by: George | May 16, 2014 1:55:33 AM

"grossly delayed" in motor and mental development, Carlson says.
They rocked and grasped themselves like Harlow's monkeys, and grew up with weird social values and behavior.

... then moved to America and were easily identified as typical, robotic, Democrat voters.

Posted by: Adamakis | May 16, 2014 8:39:04 AM

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