A New Jersey politician is being told his idea to reduce crime has no merit.
Albert Kelly is the Democratic mayor of Bridgeton, New Jersey. Earlier this week, he wrote an op-ed in a New Jersey newspaper complaining about advances in the pro-life movement in limiting abortion, and suggesting abortion is needed to keep the crime rate low:
"Some women choose to terminate pregnancies because they conclude that they can't support a child in the many ways necessary to nurture them toward stable, well-adjusted adult lives," he wrote. "Setting moral judgments aside, if women lose this choice, is society prepared to do what is necessary to support and empower these potentially unwanted lives? If we're not, is it possible that the drop in crime could reverse in the years ahead …?"
Marie Tasy of New Jersey Right to Life disputes Kelly's argument, which he bases on a study by economists Steve Levitt and John Donohue.
"For example, James Fox – who is a criminologist – has refuted this study," Tasy begins. "And he said that nearly 60 percent of the decline in murder since 1990 involved perpetrators ages 25 and over. These are individuals who would not have been born prior to the Roe v. Wade decision [in 1973]."
And according to Tasy, it wasn't just Fox who proved the crime claims to be false. "Academic scholar Christopher Foote, who is a senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and a research assistant, also refuted the study," she explains.
"[Foote determined] that there were no statistical grounds for believing that the hypothetical youth who were aborted would have been more likely to commit crimes had they reached maturity than the actual youth who were born and obviously carried to term."
That is, one cannot determine whether a person might become a criminal unless they are brought into this world.
Tasy contends that people who make the crime reference about abortions are concerned about pro-life advances and are grabbing at anything – in this case, false information that will justify abortion.