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Whenever a new finding is presented there will always be other people trying to verify or dispute it In Freakonomics Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner concluded that increasing abortion would lead to a decrease in crime However an investigation of the effects on crime from the legalization of abortion reveals that the conclusion is actually contrary to their analysis In several articles it can be seen through the use of international research in-depth calculations and an alternate approach to the study that abortion and crime rates do not in fact have as strong of causality than presumed The argument of Levitt and Dubner include the crime rates after abortion was legalized and the psychological upbringing of a child who would have been aborted By comparing the states abortion and crime rates Levitt and Dubner saw a correlation the states with the highest abortion rates in the 1970s experienced the greatest crime drops in the 1990s while the states with low abortion rates experienced smaller crime drops Levitt Dubner 2009 141 With this evidence it seemed obvious to the two researchers that abortion was related to criminal activity They took careful time to make sure that they factored out a variety of influential causes of crime too The main point about the emotional state of the child regarding the neglect also supports Levitt and Dubners conclusion In their book they state Researchers found that in the instances where the woman was denied an abortion she often resented her baby and failed to provide it with a good home Levitt Dubner 2009 136 It is found that a child who is to grow up in this type of environment is more likely to engage in criminal activity When children do not have a loving home they commit crimes in order to gain the attention they never had Henry Morgentaler supports this discovery by providing examples of criminals who were raised in negative households Most serial
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