Several years ago, the pro-choice community was excited about an academic paper circulating that claimed that the nationwide legalization of abortion was leading to a decrease in crime. Since many hardcore pro-choice activists see abortion as a tool of eugenics, this academic paper helped them make their case. And although this argument has been thoroughly debunked, with numerous data errors committed, the pro-infanticide lobby still pushes it.
However, a new paper by doctoral students in economics at Cal-Berkeley finds the opposite; that pregnancy can help reduce crime. The key theory is that becoming a parent leads to better habits and can help someone who is prone to commit crime, become more responsible.
Writing in the Boston Herald, Star Parker writes, “The paper — ‘Family Formation and Crime’ — examines the connection between the incidence of pregnancy, childbirth and marriage, and the incidence of crime.The conclusion, in the words of the authors: ‘Our event-study analysis indicates that pregnancy triggers sharp declines in crime rivaling any known intervention. For mothers, criminal offending drops precipitously in the first few months of pregnancy, stabilizing at half of pre-pregnancy levels three years after the birth. Men show a smaller, but still important 25% decline beginning at the onset of pregnancy, although domestic violence arrests spike for fathers immediately after birth.'”
Additionally, “Marriage, according to the authors, ‘is a stopping point, marking the completion of a roughly 50% decline in offending for both men and women.'”
You can read the full paper here.