It’s only natural that a culture of death would feed on itself. Any thinking person knows that the devaluation of human life leads society down the path to culturecide. A new study demonstrates this to be true. Pro-lifers have been saying this for decades. Now they have statistical data to back it up.
A study conducted by a researcher at the University of Maryland shows that legalized abortion has led to higher rates of crime and increased murder rates. The occured because a higher percentage of children grew up in single-parent homes during the years following Roe v. Wade.
Supreme Court decisions have consequences. Disasterous ones.
According to Lott, the high court’s decision ultimately resulted in more out-of-wedlock births, a reduction in the number of children adopted and fewer married parents.
“Those are contradictory directions,” the economist told the Cybercast News Service in an interview. “What ties them together is liberalized abortion rules.”
Lott said those results produced by Roe “affected decisions on premarital sex and careful contraception. It’s a matter of economics. When something seems less costly, there’s more of it.”
The disintegration of the family has a clear ripple effect which impacts all of society. And not in a good way.
Because Roe resulted in more children growing up in single-parent homes and because such children are more likely to become criminals than those in two-parent homes, the researchers say abortion led to higher rates of crime.
They point out that 5 percent of white children were born out of wedlock from 1965 to 1969, compared to 16 percent in the 1980’s. Black children born out of wedlock increased from 35 percent to 62 percent in the same period.
These children of unwed mothers, statistically more at risk of becoming criminals, are responsible for the increase of murders by 700 cases in 1998 alone, they say. Such a dramatic increase carried a financial price tag of $3.3 billion in “victimization costs,” according to their paper.
Ultimately, Lott says murder rates rose anywhere from half a percent to 7 percent as a result of legalized abortion.
A society that no longer values life is a society that will ultimately destroy itself. The unintended consequences of murdering children in the womb have turned out to be more costly than advocates of abortion on demand had expected (or admitted to). Fewer unwanted children was supposed to translate to less crime and misery. The reality was the exact opposite.
Rebuilding and renewing the culture and encouraging two-parent families (one man and one woman) will reverse this trend. Pro-lifers have been right all along: death begets death. Isn’t it time to stop the slaughter?
The death toll of innocent pre-born children since the horrendous Roe v Wade decision (which haunts Jane Roe, aka Norma McCorvey today) is astonishing: 48, 559, 993 lives snuffed out since 1973 in The United States alone. That’s a lot of tears and a lot of pain.
Safe and legal? Someone dies each time an abortion is performed. It’s 100% fatal. Stop the madness. Stop the butchery. Stop the culturecide.