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Freedom itself needs to be set Free

1/26/2004 - 4:13 PM PST

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By: Deacon Keith A Fournier
© Third Millennium, LLC

“To claim the right to abortion, infanticide and euthanasia, and to recognize that right in law, means to attribute to human freedom a perverse and evil significance: that of an absolute power over others and against others. This is the death of true freedom..." Pope John Paul II ("The Gospel of Life," No. 20)

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil, who change darkness into light, and light into darkness, who change bitter into sweet, and sweet into bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own sight, and prudent in their own esteem” The Prophet Isaiah Chapter 5: 20, 21

In 1999, a University of Chicago economist (Steven D. Levitt) and a Stanford University law professor (John J. Donohue) released the results of a study entitled "Legalized Abortion and Crime." It made the front page of a number of national newspapers. It was subsequently published in the “prestigious” Quarterly Journal of Economics which boasts that it is “the oldest professional journal of economics in the English language” and is edited at Harvard University's Department of Economics.

The paper’s claim was that legal abortion has lowered the crime rate by eliminating many of the potential criminals. The alleged "scientific" research with the attendant "statistics" was also accompanied by feigned neutrality by its authors, and heralded by the new Malthusians and social engineers.

In the authors own abstract they summarized their findings:

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“Crime has fallen dramatically in the 1990s. While many explanations for this decline have been offered, each of them has difficulty explaining the timing, large magnitude, persistence, and widespread nature of the drop. In this paper we propose a new explanation for falling crime: the legalization of abortion roughly twenty years earlier. The empirical evidence we present is consistent with abortion playing an important role. First, the timing of the crime drop corresponds to the period in which the first cohorts affected by abortion are reaching the peak ages of criminal activity. Second, states that legalized abortion before the rest of the nation were the first to experience decreasing crime. Third, states with high abortion rates have seen a greater fall in crime since 1985. The estimated elasticity of crime with respect to abortion rates is roughly -.10. The abortion-related reduction in crime is predominantly attributable to a decrease in crime per capita among the young, rather than smaller cohort sizes. Declining crime rates could result from two mechanisms: selective abortion on the part of women most at risk to have children who would engage in criminal activity, and improved child rearing or environmental circumstances caused by better maternal, familial, or fetal circumstances. Extrapolating our estimates out of sample to a counterfactual in which there were no abortions, crime rates might be 10-20 percent higher than they currently are with abortion. If these estimates are correct, legalized abortion can explain about half of the recent fall in crime. All else equal, we predict that crime rates will continue to fall slowly for an additional 15-20 years as the full effects of legalized abortion are gradually felt.”

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Let’s be clear on what these men are saying. We had a falling crime rate in the nineties because we killed potential criminals in the womb! Oh, they sanitize it all in academic sounding language and surround it with statistics, but make no mistake at what the “reasoning” supports. It supports the continuation of pre-emptive strikes on a whole class of persons, children in the first home of the human race.

This is not the first time, in the name of science and using the language of verbal engineering that an intellectual elite has laid the groundwork for eugenics. In pre-World War II Germany, Dr. Karl Binding, a law professor and one of Europe's foremost authorities on criminal law, and Dr. Alfred Hoche, a distinguished psychiatrist and professor of medicine, laid out the results of their "study" in two companion essays entitled "Permitting the Destruction of Unworthy Life." Hoche proclaimed that ".....a new age will arrive --- operating with a higher morality and with great sacrifice --- which will give up the requirement of an exaggerated humanism and overvaluation of mere human existence." Most now agree that this team of intellectual elites laid the framework for the eugenics program of the National Socialist regime.

"Come now," some would say, "we have learned the lessons of history. After all, this was only a study and it was certainly not being proposed as a justification for eugenic abortion." Nonsense. It was only one more brick in the wall of defense built by those that have followed ...

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