“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, which legalized in 1973 with Roe v. Wade. States with high abortion rates in the 1970s and 1980s experienced greater crime reductions in the 1990s. In high abortion states, only arrests of those born after abortion legalization fall relative to low abortion states. Legalized abortion appears to account for as much as 50 percent of the recent drop in crime.” – by Donohue and Levitt (2001)
“Entre Nos is a bio/true story about a woman’s struggle to survive in New York City with her two children after being abandoned by her husband. The main character, Mariana, totes her two children from the country and culture of Colombia to reunite with her husband in Queens, New York. Her life is devastatingly turned around when her husband abandons the family. As a result, Mariana now struggles with unemployment, eviction letters, eviction notice forms, how to speak fluent English, and experiencing the earliest signs of pregnancy. With no where to go Mariana starts experience various types of stress due to her misfortunes. Mariana and her kids have to now be equipped to survive in living in a foreign country as Mariana desperately searches for jobs hiring in NYC. In the end, Mariana resourcefully navigates a surprising avenue for making some money by using recycle containers to recycle for cash. While the threats to Mariana’s family are palpable, the three manage to avoid drastic suffering. Given the maternal fortitude displayed by Mariana the family grows strong through their struggles.” (EntreNos) This is an exception in the poverty trap, fortunately for this family.
The Brazilian Federal Supreme Court recognized the gay (homoaffective) civil union on May 5 2011, and less than one year later (April 12 2012), the same Court recognized the fundamental right of pregnant women to stop pregnancy of anencephalic fetus. The right to stop pregnancy in cases of rape and life-threatening for the mother was already recognized by the constitution. This is Brazil legislating in favor of human rights instead of being conducted by religious believes.
[O Supremo Tribunal Federal brasileiro reconheceu a união civil gay (homoafetiva) em 5 de maio de 2011 e, menos de um ano depois (12 de abril de 2012), o mesmo tribunal reconheceu o direito fundamental de mulheres grávidas interromperem a gravidez de feto anencéfalo. O direito de interromper a gravidez em casos de estupro e risco de vida para a mãe já haviam sido reconhecidos pela constituição. Este é o Brasil legislando em favor dos direitos humanos em vez de ser conduzido por crenças religiosas.]