A `final solution' to crime

August 17, 1999|By Cal Thomas

SHAKESPEARE was wrong. To solve our collective problems, we don't first kill all the lawyers. We first kill all of those we think might grow up to be criminals.

That is the inescapable conclusion reached in an unpublished study circulating among economists and "experts" in criminal law.

The study suggests that since abortion was made legal in 1973, the crime rate has declined.

The implication is that crime is down because abortions are up. So, a good anti-crime package includes first killing all the babies our sociological models determine might grow up to be criminals.

That would include Jesse Jackson and a lot of other people who were born in poverty but overcame it.

Steven Levitt, a University of Chicago economist, and John Donohue III, a Stanford University law professor, are responsible for the study.

Unfit to live

Are they doing for modern-day eugenicists what Margaret Sanger did for the Third Reich -- declaring some categories of humans unfit to live and laying down guidelines for the master race?

In the early '70s, as abortion laws were liberalized, some black leaders grimly suspected that whites viewed the procedure as the solution to the welfare problem.

The then pro-life Jesse Jackson was quoted in the January 1977 Right to Life News as saying: "Politicians argue for abortion largely because they do not want to spend the necessary money to feed, clothe and educate more people.

Here arguments for inconvenience and economic savings take precedence over arguments for human value and human life."

Mr. Jackson sounded prophetic, given the current study, when he added, "I read recently where a politician from New York was justifying abortions because they have prevented 10,000 welfare babies from being born and saved the state $15 million.

In my mind, serious moral questions arise when politicians are willing to pay welfare mothers between $800 to $1,000 to have an abortion, but will not pay $30 for a hot school-lunch program to the already-born children of these same mothers."

The arguments made in the study by Professors Levitt and Donohue were dealt with by Mr. Jackson 22 years ago:

"Psychiatrists, social workers and doctors often argue for abortion on the basis that the child will grow up mentally and emotionally scarred. But who of us is complete? If incompleteness were the criteria for taking life, we would all be dead."

Black targets

Blacks have long seen themselves as targets of white power because, in many cases, they have been.

Exploited by slave masters who wanted their labor for nothing, and now by politicians who want their votes for next to nothing, blacks should be concerned about the implications of anyone linking the economic conditions of those who are poor to anti-social behavior.

The slave narrative of William Wells Brown (1847), notes St. Louis University Professor William Brennan, includes an account of how the perception of blacks as "trash" was translated into practice. A black man who had been drowned by a gang of whites was left on the shore. A trash cart picked up the man's body and tossed it in with the refuse.

What's the difference between such occurrences and what the unpublished study suggests?

If blacks are trash and a disproportionate number commit crimes, then kill them early so that white folks feel safer and don't have to spend tax dollars on an "inferior" people.

This is where the abortion culture has brought us.

Cal Thomas writes a syndicated column.

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