The Impact of Legalized Abortion on Crime

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Donohue, John J.; Levitt, Steven D.;
(2000)
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Subject:
    mesheuropmc: reproductive and urinary physiology | humanities | embryonic structures | health care economics and organizations | social sciences

We offer evidence that legalized abortion has contributed significantly to recent crime reductions. Crime began to fall roughly 18 years after abortion legalization. The 5 states that allowed abortion in 1970 experienced declines earlier than the rest of the nation,... View more
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    13 David et al [1988] reviews the findings of separate studies of the effects of denied abortion for cohorts born in Goteberg, Sweden in 1939-1942, Stockholm in 1948, all of Sweden in 1960, and Prague in 1961-63.

    Source: Henshaw, Stanley K. and Jennifer Van Vort eds., Abortion Factbook 1992 Edition, The Alan Guttmacher Institute, New York, 1992.

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